Tragic weekend in Central Texas; accidents kill five people
CENTRAL TEXAS (KWTX) - It has been a tragic weekend on the Central Texas roadways as five people were killed in three separate vehicle accidents.
The first fatal accident happened Friday at approximately 7:45 p.m., on FM 2602 near Private Road 660, south of Clifton.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sergeant Ryan Howard said, “a Buick Lacrosse traveling southbound failed to properly negotiate a curve in the roadway, causing the vehicle to lose control, overturn and eject the driver, who was not utilizing the vehicle’s safety belt.”
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Howard said.
In the second fatal accident DPS was dispatched to a one vehicle crash Friday at approximately 11 p.m. on CR 274 three miles west of the City of Gatesville.
Troopers say a 16 year old juvenile of Gatesville was operating a 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up traveling northbound on CR 274.
The DPS investigation revealed that “the pick-up was traveling at a high rate of speed and left the roadway. After leaving the roadway the pick-up struck a culvert, overturned, and collided into a tree.”
The juvenile driver was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Jim Caldwell Precinct # 3, says DPS.
In a third fatal accident DPS Troopers responded to the scene of a fatal two vehicle accident Saturday morning on SH 22 near CR 1313 in Peoria, Texas.
DPS said a Chevrolet Impala traveling eastbound attempted to turn left into a private drive was struck by a Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer traveling westbound. The three passengers of the Chevrolet were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Chevrolet was transported by air to Baylor Scott and White in Waco with non-life-threatening injuries said DPS.
No other injuries were reported. The accident is still under investigation.
Additionally, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers ask that drivers buckle-up and make sure all lanes are clear and you have enough time to turn safely before making a turn.
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