Four people are dead following a 2-vehicle crash in Bosque County, Texas. The crash occurred on Saturday, May 21, at around 9:20 p.m.

The Two-Vehicle Crash

On Saturday, May 21, at around 9:20 p.m., a Land Rover SUV was traveling south near Farm-to-Market 56 and 2114.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the Land Rover SUV was attempting to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. It was raining at the time, and the driver of the Land Rover lost control of the vehicle. The SUV left the roadway and collided with a tree. The impact with the tree caused the Land Rover to start on fire.

There were four occupants inside the Land Rover at the time of the crash. All four were pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the deceased occupants have been identified: one was a Midway High School Senior and the other was a Connally High School Freshman. The identities of the other two victims have not been released at this time.

Counselors have been made available to talk with students about the crash.

Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 75 percent of crashes related to poor weather conditions occur on wet pavement, and 47 percent of weather-related accidents happen during active rainfall. 

While most drivers have experience driving in the rain and on wet pavement, it can be easy to underestimate the impact those conditions can have on your vehicle. If proper safety precautions are not taken in the rain, drivers can easily lose control of their vehicles and endanger themselves and other vehicles on the road. When driving in the rain, there are some things that you can do to stay safe on the road:

  • Keep up with regular vehicle maintenance— Headlights, tail lights, windshield wipers, and tire tread should be regularly checked.
  • Stay home until the weather improves— If you don’t feel confident about driving in the rain, stay home until the weather improves.
  • Drive below the speed limit— When a driver speeds in the rain, they are at a greater risk of hydroplaning.
  • Turn headlights and windshield wipers on— To increase your visibility in the rain, make sure your headlights and windshield wipers are on.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes— If you suddenly slam on your brakes in the rain, you can put yourself at risk of hydroplaning.
  • Keep a safe distance between other vehicles— You never know what another vehicle may do in the rain, so keep a good distance between vehicles to allow yourself space to stop.
  • Avoid areas with standing water— If possible, change lanes or drive around areas with standing water to reduce your chances of hydroplaning.

While many drivers feel confident in their ability to drive in the rain, it only takes one slippery spot to lose control. If you find yourself driving during the rain or on wet pavement, make an effort to slow down and drive with caution until you safely reach your destination.

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Source: KWTX

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Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.

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