Two Banquete Women Involved in Fatal Accident Near Agua Dulce

A 50-year old Banquete woman was killed after another car hit her vehicle head-on near Agua Dulce on Monday morning.

It was a very emotional moment as the family of 50-year old Natalia Rangel showed up at the scene of the accident, which happened at 7:30 a.m. on FM 70 and County Road 42.

According to Department of Public Safety troopers, a Chevy Tahoe was traveling northbound on FM 70, and Rangel's Ford Taurus was traveling southbound. Somehow, they collided head-on and both vehicles caught fire.

Rangel died at the scene.

State troopers tried to console the family members of Rangel as they arrived at the scene. They wanted to see their mother that had just passed away, but troopers did not allow it. They tried to keep the family as far away from the accident as possible.

"The lady that was injured was taken out of the vehicle by a person that drove up on it," DPS Trooper Charlie Ramirez said. "The other lady was not able to escape. Was not able to be taken out of the vehicle because of the flames."

The injured 41-year old who was driving the Tahoe, Melissa Leal, was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital in Alice with life threatening internal injuries.

Troopers are not sure if Rangel died from the accident or from the vehicle fire. They could not even tell if she was wearing her seat belt -- everything in the car was melted.

Both drivers were from Banquete.

From what investigators could tell, the Chevy Tahoe was on the wrong side of the road. However, they are still investigating the accident, trying to figure out exactly what happened.

The accident did occur on a curve, and DPS troopers want drivers to pay attention and reduce their speed when they are on similar roadways.


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