AUSTIN (KXAN) - A woman driving the wrong on MoPac collided head-on with another vehicle early Wednesday, killing both drivers.
Police say around 1 a.m. a 26-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic southbound in the northbound lanes of the freeway crashed into a Chevy Malibu just south of Duval Road.
Police officers that arrived on the scene had to use fire extinguishers to put out flames erupting from the Malibu.
The woman died at the scene. A 48-year-old man driving the Malibu was taken to Round Rock Hospital in a helicopter with life-threatening. He died a few hours later.
A third car was clipped and damaged. The driver and a passenger in that car were treated at the scene.
According to police, the first 911 call came in at 12:53 a.m. for a car driving the wrong way on MoPac. Two patrol units and an Austin Police Department helicopter were dispatched to find the driver. While en route to find the woman, a second call came in at 12:56 stating a crash had occurred.
Authorities are still investigating to determine where the wrong-way driver entered the freeway.
Police had not said whether alcohol played a role in the crash.
These were Austin’s 61st and 62nd traffic fatalities of 2013. At this time in 2012, there were 62 traffic fatalities.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. This is Austin’s 60th fatal traffic crash of 2013.
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