2 killed after Jeep crashes into semi on I-35 near San Marcos identified


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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Two people died after their Jeep crashed into a semi-trailer and caught on fire Sunday night on Interstate 35 near San Marcos.

The City of San Marcos reported the wreck happened at about 10:24 p.m. near mile marker 208.

The city stated the driver of a 2014 Jeep hit the back of a trailer pulled by an 18-wheeler, which was parked off the main lanes near the Texas Department of Public Safety weigh station. The Jeep caught on fire, and San Marcos firefighters later extinguished it.

The city reported both people inside the Jeep died. On Thursday, the City of San Marcos said Central Texas Autopsy used medical and dental records to identify the Jeep’s driver as Andrew Martindale, 20, of Texarkana and the passenger as Stephanie Salas, 20, of Del Rio.

The City of San Marcos also said collision investigators determined the Jeep was going more than 100 miles per hour when it lost control and hit the semi-truck. Social media posts found by police show Martindale and Salas drinking alcohol before the crash at a Super Bowl party and one Austin bar. The city said toxicology results are still pending for the two.

Investigators are working with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to identify the bars or establishments involved.

The city shared no charges are expected to be filed. Investigation of the crash led to the closure of I-35 for approximately five hours.

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