Texas Woman Charged In Fiery Interstate Crash That Killed Two

LAPLACE, La. (February 5, 2013)—A Texas woman has been charged after two people were killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 10 in St. Charles Parish near LaPlace, La., Louisiana State Police said.

Troopers say Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, was driving at a high rate of speed on the right shoulder of the highway when her vehicle struck a car that was stopped on the shoulder.

Trooper Melissa Matey said both vehicles caught on fire as a result of the crash.

Matey says the two occupants of the car that was stopped on the shoulder died at the scene.

Thomas escaped from her car with minor injuries, she said.

Thomas was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation of a vehicle.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.