Car crash kills 2 college football players from Spring

Students were driving back to campus from Houston area

SPRING, Texas – "I'm just at a loss for words right now,” said Faye Cook, as she sat with her mother and daughter at her home in Spring.

She has lots to share about her son, 19-year-old Bryce “Brandon” Cook and his friend, fellow Trinity Valley Community College football player Tyler Spillman.

Both were from Spring.

They were killed in a car accident early Monday morning on their way back to school in Athens, Texas.

Faye told KPRC 2 what she misses most about her son.

"His laughter. Sometimes, he can be silly. Sometimes, he make you laugh where you can be mad at you and he make you laugh about the littlest stuff," she said.

Brandon went to Westfield High School. Spillman went to Klein Collins. She said the two quickly became friends.

Cook’s family said the two often shared rides to and from school. They died in a head-on accident near Fairfield, Texas.

Sgt. D.L. Wilson, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the accident happened at 3:45 a.m. Monday.

“A passenger car with two occupants was traveling north on FM 488, 1.5 miles south of FM 416. A TTST gasoline tanker was traveling south on FM 488. The passenger vehicle veered over into the path of the TTST and struck head-on. The passenger car and the truck cab burst into flames. The driver of the TTST, a male, 56, of Fort Worth, was taken to Navarro County Medical Center in Corsicana with non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the passenger car died at the scene. Both bodies were taken to Dallas for autopsies. The 8,800 gallons of gasoline in the tanker did not leak or burn. DPS is still investigating the cause of crash,” Wilson said.

"I'm satisfied. Brandon, God loaned him to us. He just came back and took what belonged to him. And I'm receiving that. I have received it and accepted it this morning," Cook’s grandmother, Florence Cook, told KPRC 2.

She, his mother and sister wore his football shirts Tuesday remembering the 19-year-old man with big league football dreams and a love for his family.

"He was a great brother. I'm the oldest. He was the baby. He was the protector. And I thank God for that. This was such a hard blow. But, as a family, our faith in God is stronger than any hard blow that life can give us," Brandon's sister, Kyotta Cook, said.

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