One woman died and another was rushed to an Alice hospital with extensive injuries following a fiery accident Friday morning near Agua Dulce.
Natalia Rangel, 50, of Robstown was declared dead at the scene after the Ford Taurus she was driving was struck by a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Melissa Aguilar, 41, also of Robstown.
DPS Cpl. Charlie Ramirez said Aguilar was traveling northbound on Farm to Market Road 70 when she entered the southbound lane, striking Rangel’s vehicle head-on. The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m., 3.5 miles north of Agua Dulce.
Both cars burst into flames, Rangel said. A witness at the scene was able to pull Aguilar from the vehicle, but after the initial impact, Rangel’s vehicle was full engulfed.
“The heat was just too intense, they were unable to help the other driver,” Ramirez said. “Aguilar had multiple injures, including internal injuries and broken bones. It was a very, very bad accident.”
Ramirez said DPS is still investigating the accident.
WIth the month of July starting off with a fatal accident, and Fourth of July weekend around the corner, Ramirez said drivers need to be extreme vigilant on the road over the holiday.
“They need to focus on their driving, to get to their destination safely. They need to wear their seat belts, and above all, no drinking and driving,” Ramirez said.