2 People Dead, 1 Seriously Injured After 350,000-Lb. Load Crashes onto Car in Texas

The accident happened Saturday, April 27, in Temple, authorities said

<p>Temple Police Department</p> Accident in Central Texas

Temple Police Department

Accident in Central Texas
  • Two people are dead after an oversized load fell onto their vehicle in Central Texas on Saturday, April 27

  • After more than four hours, the driver was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to a local hospital

  • The accident happened east of Interstate 35 in Temple, about 90 miles north of Austin

Two people are dead and another person was seriously injured after a 350,000-lb. load detached from a truck and fell onto a vehicle in Central Texas.

Two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was airlifted to a local hospital after the accident, which happened in Temple along State Highway 36 shortly before 11:30 a.m. on April 27, Temple Fire and Rescue said in a release posted to Facebook.

Upon arrival, first responders found the "oversized load had come off of its trailer, pinning a vehicle beneath." Officials added that it took emergency personnel just over four hours to extricate the male driver, who had life-threatening injuries and was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

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Ten units with Temple Fire and Rescue were assisted on the scene by multiple agencies, including the Georgetown Fire Department Special Operations Team, Killeen Fire Department Special Operations Team, Belton Fire Department, Temple Police Department, TX DPS, TX DOT, PHI Air Medical and Temple EMS.

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The highway remained closed through the weekend and will reopen sometime Monday, a city of Temple spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "They are working to clear it and make sure it is safe to reopen," Sydney McBride, public relations coordinator, says.

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"The cause of the collision is still under investigation," Temple Fire and Rescue said, noting that "clean up and recovery efforts" were ongoing.

Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding the accident to call the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477.

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