A Palacios man and an 11-year-old girl died after a one-vehicle wreck Sunday in rural Wharton County.

Amos Haynes, 39, of Palacios, was southbound in a 2006 Ford Expedition on SH 71 about 3 miles south of Nada about 1:50 p.m., said Sgt. Stephen Woodard, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

For reasons still under investigation, the Expedition veered to the right, went into a ditch and struck a culvert, causing the vehicle to overturn and strike a tree with its roof, Woodard said.

An 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl, both of Palacios, were passengers in the vehicle. Haynes was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 11-year-old girl, Jazzlynn Shelton, was pronounced dead at El Campo Memorial Hospital.

The 9-year-old girl was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with injuries that were not life-threatening. She remained in the hospital Monday.

“At this time, she’s doing fine,” Woodard said.

Haynes and the children were not related but lived together in the same home, the trooper said.

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