3 dead in accident on State Highway 95


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE and KVUE.com


Posted on July 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 5:49 PM

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TRAVIS COUNTY -- Three people have died in an accident north of Elgin.

The Department of Public Safety says it happened in the 16000 block of Highway 95 Monday around 10 a.m.

It took just moments for a Toyota minivan and a Mazda to collide on Highway 95. The maroon Toyota van was heading south when DPS troopers say the Mazda veered into its lane. The resulting head on crash was devastating.

"Upon impact the car burst into flames. The car was burned beyond recognition," said DPS trooper Robbie Barrera.

"In the Mazda, we have an unknown adult driver and two unknown small passengers," Barrera said.

A woman identified as Jeanette Fields was in the Toyota minivan. She and her eight-year-old twin daughters and nine-year-old daughter were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge and Dell Children's in serious condition.

"No matter what's going on, make sure that your hands are on the steering wheel," Barrera said. "Whatever's going on inside the vehicle, you limit the distractions, and you pay attention to everything that's going on so something like this doesn't occur."

Highway 95 between Elgin and Coupland was shut down for several hours Monday afternoon. As of 3:10 p.m., the accident scene had finally been cleared.

DPS says it's too early to say why the Mazda veered into oncoming traffic.

DPS has not released the names of the victims just yet , but KVUE News is told that should happen Tuesday.