Two people died and another was injured when the car they were in flew off a bridge, landed on railroad tracks and was struck by a train on the city's southwest side.
According to police, the driver, identified Monday afternoon as Rosalio Roman Padilla, 31, was speeding southbound on Cupples Road just past the General Hudnell Drive intersection just before 1 a.m. Monday when he lost control of the car, struck a median and flew off an elevated bridge.
Investigators said the car traveled in the air for 150 to 200 feet before it flipped onto the railroad tracks. Both passengers died and Padilla was taken to the hospital.
"I couldn't tell what kind of car it was at all. Luckily, there was a license plate that we found that we were able to identify what kind of car we suspect it is. That's how bad the car was mangled," said Sgt. Shane Nagy, with the San Antonio Police Department.
The engineer of the train that struck the car told police he saw the mangled vehicle on the tracks, and could not tell which end he was hitting.
"He said he got up on that car, and I guess there was just a portion of the vehicle on the tracks, and there was just no way of avoiding it," Nagy said.
The names of the passengers killed in the crash have not been released.
Padilla was taken to University Hospital for treatment. He was also given a blood test to check for alcohol, police said.
He will be charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and is being held on a total bond of $150,000.