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Two Dead in Fiery Head-On Collision

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

Two people died after an early-morning police crash led to a head-on collision and a fiery scene on Friday morning.

Details about the Police Chase Accident

CBS Local News in DFW is reporting that an early morning police chase in Kaufman County resulted in a head-on collision between a wrong way driver on the highway and another vehicle. Both of the drivers were killed in the fiery accident.

The head-on collision happened around midnight on Friday on US Highway 175 in Crandall.

Police received a call reporting a reckless driver driving along the wrong side of the highway. Upon responding to the scene of the call, authorities found the driver of a Cadillac Escalade heading west in the eastbound lanes and began to chase the driver. Officers were attempting to get the wrong way driver off the road, but failed to do so before the driver slammed into an approaching vehicle.

Both of the vehicles caught fire on impact. A witness of the accident pulled over and said people all over the roadway were pulling over and trying to help, but were unable to save either driver from the fiery crash.

Both directions of the highway were closed as emergency crews responded to the scene of the accident.

The identity of the fleeing driver has not been released, but the victim of the other car is a 21-year-old-man. The family of the man who died was already at the scene of the accident because the victim was following them in his own vehicle.

Police in Crandall are leading the investigation and are being aided by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Important Information about Police Chase Accidents

According to a 2015 article in the Washington Post:

  • A study in 2007 revealed that, innocent bystanders account for 27 percent of all police chase deaths, or an average of 87 deaths per year.
  • A report from the National Institute of Justice indicates that 91 percent of police pursuits were not initiated by a violent crime. 42 percent of them were initiated by a simple traffic violation.
  • Police crashes take out an average of 323 live per year.


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