BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Four people died in a three-vehicle crash in Bastrop County. The crash happened around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 290 and FM 2336 in McDade, Friday.
According to a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, a family of four were in a pickup truck traveling eastbound, on their way to Houston for a funeral, when they were hit head-on by the driver of an SUV who swerved into their lane. The woman driving the SUV, Angelica Ortega, 30, of Hutto died along with her 2-year-old nephew.
The father driving the pickup truck, James Alexander, 43, of Cedar Park died at the scene of the crash. His son, 10-year-old Jackson Alexander died at the hospital later that day. Alexander’s wife and their 7-year-old son were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin by helicopter.
DPS said in a press conference Friday afternoon they did not know why Ortega, who was driving westbound, swerved into eastbound traffic. The posted speed limit in the area of the crash is 65 mph.
“I was just like oh Lord, please don’t let it be a family member or somebody so close, but it’s always a deadly accident. And sure enough as soon as I pulled up, I saw them wrapping up that child. It was horrible,” Michelle Pruett, who lives just across from the intersection in McDade said. “These are always big accidents, people, nobody goes the speed limit here. Nobody.”
In the last three weeks alone, six people have died along a 2.5 mile stretch of 290 – something the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) says speaks more to drivers, than the road itself.
“The roadway doesn’t – is not what affects it. It’s people that affect people and when we’re driving and operating a motor vehicle, we really need to pay attention to our driving. Limit the distractions, make sure we’re paying attention,” Robbie Barrera, with DPS said.
Eastbound 290 traffic was closed for several hours but reopened around 5 p.m.Editor’s note: The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office initially said four died in the crash.
Crashes on US 290 between Big Pine Road & Old McDade Road in Bastrop Co.
(including two most recent fatal crashes; Source: TxDOT).
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