2 killed in head-on crash on I-10
Deputies say speed, wet roads to blame
SAN ANTONIO – Two people involved in a head-on crash Saturday morning are dead after their vehicles collided on Interstate 10 near Ralph Fair Road. It's one of four fatal accidents in Bexar County in 24 hours.
"There were cars everywhere. All of them were on fire," said a witness who goes by Red.
He described the chaotic scene when the major accident happened around 7 a.m. Red said he was at a nearby store off of the access road when he heard a loud bang.
"And then two or three minutes later the smoke started pouring up. I could see flames shooting up, too," he said.
Bexar County sheriff's deputies said a man in his 20s was headed east on I-10 in a maroon Toyota and may have been speeding when he lost control, drove through the median and hit a white truck head-on. The man in the Toyota died at the scene, but Red said several witnesses ran to help pull the other driver out of the burning truck.
"A worker here building the bridge ran down there, and a nurse had stopped and I guess some other citizen. They were trying to get the car door (open) and get the guy out of the truck. He was already getting burned up. But they got him out," he said.
The man pulled from the truck was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Deputies said after the Toyota hit the white truck it then hit a black truck. The driver of the black truck and his passengers suffered minor injuries.
The wreck shut down traffic and officers diverted cars off of the Ralph Fair exit. Traffic was backed it up for miles and took hours to clear up.
Rosanne Hughes, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, expressed her concern with the sheer volume of fatal accidents the county has seen in the last couple days. She said people need to be more careful on wet, rainy roads.
"A lot of times people don't realize how slick these conditions really are. We've had several fatalities in the last 24 hours. And we would like to urge the public to please slow down for the safety of yourself, your passengers and others on the road," Hughes said.
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