Funeral Held for Two Children Killed on Way to Visit Soldier Dad

BENTON, AR - A funeral was held yesterday afternoon in Benton for two young children killed in a car accident while on their way to visit their soldier father, who was hospitalized in Texas.

Five-year-old Ashley and 2-year-old Logan Johnson died in a car accident October 13 on their way to visit their father, Specialist John Johnson, who was at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  A sibling, 9-year-old Tyler, suffered massive head injuries and remained hospitalized in Dallas.

The accident happened when Johnson's wife, Lisa, overcorrected the steering in her SUV after encountering a blast of wind on Interstate 10 in Texas.  Ashley and Logan died at the scene.

An anonymous donor provided five burial plots in the veteran's section of Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, where Specialist Johnson's grandfather is buried.  The family had moved back to Texas to await their father's return from Iraq.

Johnson has survived five brush fires with improvised explosive device blasts during two years in Iraq.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)