By Geena Martinez
ANDREWS - The father of the children killed in a car accident this weekend in Andrews County is speaking out for the first time.
Brandon Savage wants people to know just how much he appreciates their thoughts and prayers.
His mother, Deborah, was driving with her grandkids on FM 1788 when they crashed head-on into a dump truck.
NewsWest 9 spoke with Savage on Tuesday and he said the family is doing as best they can but the reality of the situation hasn't set in just yet.
Saturday afternoon was supposed to be a fun day out for Brandon Savage and his family.
They were on their way to a birthday party. His mother, Deborah was following him with her grandkids, eight-year-old Tiffany, three-year-old Jeremyah and two-year-old Sebastian.
"We looked up one minute she was there, the next minute, she was gone," Savage said. "All we could see was the smoke from the accident. That was the immediate thought, that it wasn't them. When we found it was, the next thought was they went peacefully and no suffering."
Deborah's Volkswagen drifted into the other lane and collided head-on with a dump truck, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
"It hasn't probably fully hit my wife and I yet," Savage said. "We're trying to take it a day at a time."
And although part of his family is gone, he knows they left their mark on this world.
Brandon doesn't know what caused his mother to cross into the oncoming lane, but he wants to see grassy medians put on FM 1788 and other roads across Texas, hopefully to prevent something like this in the future.
"The mood around here at TXDOT is really somber," Gene Powell, Public Information Officer with The Texas Department of Transportation, said. "We have heavy hearts any time something like this happens on a roadway."
In the last three years, there have been four fatal accidents, including the one from Saturday on FM 1788. Those accidents in total have claimed eight lives.
Powell said they review all factors surrounding the accident like road conditions and time of day.
"We've looked at this road, we'll look at it again," Powell said. "If there's anything we can reasonably do to improve safety, we'll do that."
And as for Brandon and his family, he said they wouldn't be able to get through this difficult time if it wasn't for the community.
"I just wanna say thank you so so much for all your support," he said. "We are so grateful."