Police are Investigating the Deadly Collision in Justin
According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, an unidentified 16-year-old girl was killed when her Ford Contour was struck by an oncoming Ford three-quarter ton pickup along FM 156 in Denton County around 5:30 p.m.
The teenager’s passenger, also 16, was rushed to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where she is being treated for serious injuries. The driver of the Ford pickup is also in serious condition.
Northwest ISD has confirmed that both teenagers were enrolled at Northwest High School, but has not released any additional information. The school district has stated that they will have counselors on campus to aid students.
While investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident, they suspect icy roads were likely a factor. Classes across the Northwest school district were canceled Tuesday due to icy weather.
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
- According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,399 people lost their lives on Texas roads in 2012 – this marked a 9.3 percent increase from 2011.
- In addition, the Texas DOT recorded 63,610 serious injury accidents that resulted in the injury of 87,087 people.
- Auto accidents in rural areas accounted for 55.7 percent of all the state’s traffic fatalities.