Thursday, February 18, 2010

Accident claims two in Pearland

Fatal Vehicle Collision in Pearland
Updated: Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010, 3:01 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010, 8:37 AM CST

PEARLAND, Texas - A horrific accident in Pearland on Wednesday morning ended with two deaths, but at least three people emerge from the wreck as heroes after saving a man's life.

Pearland police say the accident involving seven vehicles took place at 6:30 a.m. on State Highway 35, also known as South Main Street, near Dixie Farm Road.

Investigators say a pickup truck traveling northbound on South Main Street drifted into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a few vehicles before crashing head-on into another truck. That pickup truck burst into flames killing the driver, but the driver of the other truck in the crash was saved by a man and his two sons. The driver could not get out of his truck on his own.

"He went out and used to fire extinguisher to keep the flames at bay while the two sons went in and rescued the driver," described Pearland Police Department Lt. Onesimo Lopez at the accident site.

Lopez declined to identify the 3 men, but he said it was clear that their actions saved a life. "We're definitely appreciative of everything they did to save that driver. "

Lopez did say that another driver was killed in a collision trying to avoid the wreck, but injuries to the other drivers were minor.


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