One person is dead and another is injured after a fiery crash in Travis County. The crash occurred on Tuesday, February 15, in the 9100 block of South U.S. Highway 183.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, one person was pronounced dead at the scene while another was declared a trauma alert and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Fiery Crash
On Tuesday, February 15, a Volkswagen was driving down the 9100 block of U.S. Highway 183 when it slowed down. A Ford pickup truck towing a trailer rear-ended the Volkswagen, sending it into oncoming traffic where it hit a Kia passenger vehicle before catching on fire.
The collision caused the pickup truck and trailer to hit a nearby church. Travis County deputies responded to the scene around 6:20 AM. According to officials, no one in the church was hurt and crews are working to stabilize the church building.
The Austin-Travis County EMS stated that the driver of the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the Kia was declared a trauma alert. The driver of the Kia was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. Their current condition has not been released to officials.
According to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, the crash closed down both the northbound and southbound lanes.
What Are the Common Causes of Crash Fires?
A car crash can be dangerous for all parties involved. When one or more of the vehicles catch fire, the risk of severe injury and fatalities only increases.
While every car crash does not result in a fire, these types of incidents can happen quite frequently. In 2019, reports showed that there were 189,500 highway vehicle fires in the United States. While the causes of these car fires can vary, some common causes of crash fires include:
- A leak in the fuel tank or line — Defective fuel tanks or poorly-routed fuel lines can lead to a large fire when the fuel is met with a small spark.
- Failure in the electrical system — Electrical fires usually begin in or around the dashboard of the vehicle when a collision severs cables and ignites a spark.
- Severe engine failure — Fires can originate in the engine compartment due to engine failure.
- A faulty battery — If there is corrosion in the battery terminals, that area can become highly flammable and erupt during a crash.
- Airbag explosion — The explosion of one or more airbags can result in a vehicle fire.
Although some crash fires are unavoidable, many can be prevented by regular vehicle maintenance. Find a trusted mechanic to regularly inspect your vehicle and stay on top of regular maintenance and repairs. By simply doing this, you can ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive on the road and decrease the chance of your vehicle starting on fire.