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Former Bronco’s daughter killed in accident

August 8, 1997 GMT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) _ A 9-year-old girl fatally injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 25 was the daughter of former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson, authorities said.

Andrea Jackson died Thursday after being removed from life support, said Jenny Kolquist, a spokeswoman with Children’s Hospital in Denver. Andrea was one of three children injured in Tuesday’s accident near Loveland.

Jackson, an instrumental part of Denver’s famed Orange Crush defense, made the decision to take his daughter off life support.

``She was hurt really bad,″ Jackson said in an interview with KUSA-Channel 9. ``I choose to believe she is in peace and she is happy and contented.″

The driver of the minivan, Diana Maria Hill, 37, of Fort Collins, died when it burst into flames after crossing the median and colliding with a truck.

Jackson, now a football analyst for ESPN, was a linebacker with the Broncos from 1973 until 1986 and was the only player inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame in 1992.

Called ``T.J.″ by teammates, Jackson finished his career having played the most games in Broncos history at 191 and still ranks second behind John Elway.

Jackson made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1977-79, twice as a first-team selection.

It was not immediately known what Jackson’s relationship to the minivan driver is.

The Colorado State Patrol has not determined why Hill crossed the median in the driving rain.

``There’s just all kinds of probabilities,″ said patrol Capt. Bob Parish. ``When you get a vehicle going in the wrong direction on the interstate, the outcome is usually not going to be good.″

The truck driver, Thomas McBrien, 36, of Firestone, wasn’t hurt in the accident but received cuts while rescuing the children, ages 2 to 8, from the van.

``There were other people out there who generally cared and without their help we wouldn’t have gotten those children out of there,″ McBrien said. ``There’s not much time to think out there.″

Antonio Hill, 4, was treated for cuts and burns at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and released Thursday. Dominique Hill, 17 months, remained in serious condition at Children’s Hospital.