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Father, son die in fiery Dallas-area traffic wreck

(Source: Southwest Baptist University) (Source: Southwest Baptist University)
(Source: Southwest Baptist University) (Source: Southwest Baptist University)
GARLAND, Texas (KFVS/AP) - A fiery two-vehicle accident on Interstate 30 near Dallas has killed a Missouri man and his toddler son.

Garland police say a woman driving the family's SUV and the other driver were hurt in Monday night's wreck. Investigators say speed was a factor.

Police say traffic had slowed on I-30 due to an earlier accident when a larger SUV rear-ended a smaller SUV carrying the family from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Police say 28-year-old Jarred Schumpert and 2-year-old Lyndon Schumpert died at the scene. Schumpert's wife Laura was transported for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Laura Schumpert was in fair condition at the Parkland Hospital burn unit in Dallas. She has a photography business in Cape Girardeau.

Jarred Schumpert worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services. He is also a former football player for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo."This is devastating news," SBU Director of Athletics Mike Pitts said. "I still remember shaking Jarred's hand in the middle of the football field on senior day like it was yesterday. My heart goes out to them at this time."

Schumpert was arguably the best defensive player to ever play at SBU. He started a remarkable 38 games over his four year career from 2006-2009.

"Schump was the hardest worker we've had in this program," SBU Coach Robert Clardy stated. "He was a true man of character and integrity and was looked up to by every member of this program. He was a warrior on the field and led this team in his time here at SBU. He will be truly missed."

Schumpert currently holds schools record in tackles, solo tackles, and fumbles forced while also ranking in the top three in assisted tackles, tackles for a loss, and yards from tackles for a loss.

"I was saddened and shocked to hear this morning about the death of Jarred Schumpert and his son," SBU President Dr. Pat Taylor stated. "Jarred is one of the finest young men I have met at SBU. He was a great football player for the Bearcats, an outstanding student, and a role model citizen. I also got to know his parents well, and they are fine people. The thoughts and prayers of the Bearcat family will be going out to the Schumpert family."

Warden Ian Wallace with the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston says Jarred Schumpert worked there and will be very much missed. He says the news was troubling to hear and they will have t?he Schumpert's family in their thoughts.

Jarred had been a correctional officer since January 27, 2014. Wallace says, "he came to us as a leader. He was a go to guy. I am heartsick that this has happened."

Wallace says they have put out a collection jar at the correctional facility and all money raised will go to the family for support. He says that Jarred was very loved and will be missed.

Garland police say the driver of the larger SUV, Mikel Taylor Loftin, 20, of Bogota, Texas, was taken to another hospital with injuries also not believed to be life-threatening.

It is unclear if Loftin will face any charges.

"Checking on the driver that struck the vehicle, evidently just failed to control speed, no indication of alcohol was involved," said Garland police officer Joe Harn. "It will be one these cases where it will probably end up being a grand jury referral."

I-30 reopened early Tuesday.

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