Eyewitness Accounts Emerge of Fiery Scene Immediately After Fatal Head-on Crash on San Angelo’s Houston Harte Expressway
SAN ANGELO, TX — “My husband and I are visiting and last night we were the ones who called 9-1-1 about the head-on collision,” a witness to the noise of the crash said to us in an exclusive interview. The couple was staying at the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham on the Houston Harte right in front of where the head-on crash happened in front of their room. She showed her smartphone’s call log where she made the 9-1-1 call. It read 2:52 a.m.
“It was so loud I jumped out of bed in our hotel room and looked out the window,” the wife said. She asked to remain anonymous.
Watch: The immediate aftermath as witnesses called 9-1-1:
“Within 5 minutes, police arrived and within 10 minutes firefighters arrived. But the crash was so bad there was literally nothing anyone could have done to save them,” she said.
Police said this morning that only a driver occupied each vehicle. A 21-year-old male drove the black Chevrolet HHR. The HHR was the subject of a reckless driving 9-1-1 call that happened moments prior. The report was that the HHR was traveling east in the westbound lanes of the Houston Harte Expressway.
The driver of the HHR collided head-on with a white Ford Escape driven by a 17-year-old girl. After the collision, police said the HHR caught fire. A second witness we talked to at the scene said the female driver was driving home from work, but we have not confirmed that.
Neither driver survived. Justice of the Peace Fred Buck pronounced both dead at the scene.
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