HEMPSTEAD, Texas - Four people were killed Wednesday in a two-car crash in Waller County.
According to investigators, around 12:50 a.m. the driver of a Chevy Impala was speeding along the freeway and slammed into the back of a Volkswagen forcing it off the road. The Volkswagen burst into flames killing all four people inside, officials said. The victims were not discovered until firefighters put out the flames, Investigators said.
The driver of the Impala was taken to a hospital. The driver's injuries were not immediately known.
Deputies will determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
All mainlanes of the freeway were closed as crews investigated and cleared the scene.
Texas has one of the worst traffic accident records due to the drinking and driving, the speeding and the drugs. The wide-open highways also allow for speedsters to crash all over the state. Messy Texas for sure.
Four people were killed in a fiery, two-vehicle accident on Highway 290 in Waller County overnight.
KHOU.com , KHOU 5:10 AM. CDT June 21, 2017
WALLER COUNTY, Texas – Four people were killed in a fiery, two-vehicle accident on Highway 290 in Waller County overnight.
According to State Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, it happened just after 1 a.m. Wednesday on the westbound lanes of Highway 290 near FM 359.
Investigators have not released many details, but the four victims were found in one vehicle that had burst into flames.
Firefighters discovered the victims after the fire was put out.
The status of the driver on the second vehicle was not released.
All lanes are blocked as of 5 a.m.
Most of the drunk or drug-related crashes occur in the early a.m. hours, like this one. Four people burned to death, but this will not stop the drinking and driving after a long day's work.
Four dead in fiery crash on US 290
By Margaret Kadifa
Updated 9:52 am, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
All westbound mainlanes of Highway 290 at FM 359 in Waller County are closed Wednesday morning following a fiery, fatal crash.
Four people died in the two-car collision, which happened just after 1 a.m., said TxDOT spokeswoman Karen Othon.
One of the cars burst into flames after the impact.
Four people - who were in the same car - were dead by the time deputies arrived, according to the Waller County Sheriff's Office.
A person in a separate car, who is believed to have been at fault, was taken to an area hospital, according to the sheriff's office.
The westbound mainlanes will be shut down until late morning, Othon said.
Drivers are exiting at FM 359 and taking the frontage road to avoid the closure.