CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A major car accident has left three people dead on Sunday afternoon near Petronila.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said around 12:04 p.m. on Sunday, two vehicles collided and went up in flames near FM 665 & County Road 61.
Troopers with DPS said witnesses reported seeing a driver of an old passenger vehicle passing multiple vehicles at a high rate of speed and hit head on with a four door passenger car.
Both vehicles were thrown into the field and caught fire. Initial reports from the investigation suggest the driver of the passenger vehicle was passing vehicles at a high rate of speed.
"With a roadway such as this, it's just two lanes in each direction with an improved shoulder on each side, you're not leaving a whole lot of room for people to take evasive action, and if evasive action is taken, it's not a 100-percent that people are gonna go in opposite directions and this is usually the result," Sergeant Nathan Brandley said.
Three people were killed. Two have been identified as 31-year-old Amber Madrano and 22-year old Jacklyn Espinosa from Corpus Christi. The man in the other vehicle has not been identified.
Two children ages three and eight were taken by HALO-Flight to Driscoll Children's Hospital for care. They are expected to be OK.
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