East Texas: Two high school juniors die, two others hospitalized in early-morning crash


Two Marshall High School students died and two others were injured, one critically, in a one-vehicle accident early this morning, according to a statement from Marshall ISD Schools.

Students Ny’Jahl Armstrong and Derrick Bennett, both juniors at MHS, were killed in the accident, and fellow students LaTavion Jackson and Jerrold Maze were and remain hospitalized. Jackson is in critical condition.

In a statement released by Marshall Fire Department Chief Reggie Cooper, the call came in just after 1 a.m. Saturday and originally was dispatched as a two-vehicle accident.

But when police units arrived at the scene on Highway 43 South in Marshall near Grangeway. only one vehicle was involved. 

The four-door passenger car had left the road and struck a tree. The JAWS of LIFE was used to remove four trapped occupants from the vehicle.  

Marshall EMS transported the victims to Marshall Hospital and one was transported to Ochsner’s LSU in Shreveport.

A Marshall ISD Facebook post from the school district said, “Our hearts go out to the families of all involved as well as the fellow students and staff who are experiencing the loss of classmates…”

Dr. Jerry Gibson, MISD Superintendent, released the following statement this morning:

“We are sad for the loss of two of our high school students. Our prayers go out to their families of Ny’Jahl and Derrick and for LaTavion who is in critical condition.

“Counselors will be available as students arrive on Monday. It is extremely hard on students and community when we lose students. The students love each other and they are extremely close. As educators and as a community we will wrap our arms around our students, rely on God’s grace and comfort, and love our students through this sad season in their lives.”

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