Fire Erupts After Car Accident Outside of Austin, Three Killed

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 31-Jul-2012

Three people, including two children, were killed on Monday in a car accident near Austin on Highway 95, officials said.

Police identified the victims in the Mazda that burst into flames as 25-year-old Elizabeth Dowdy, 25, and her two sons, 4-year-old Fischer Dowdy and 2-year-old Benjamin Dowdy of Salado. Dowdy was pregnant , according to her obituary.

According to police the Mazda sedan was traveling northeast on the highway when they slammed into an oncoming Toyota minivan in a head-on collision on Highway 95 outside of Austin. As a result of the head-on collision, the Mazda ignited in flames, burning the vehicle beyond recognition and claiming the lives of the occupants inside.

Four occupants inside the minivan were injured in the Austin car accident. The driver, identified as 44-year-old Jeanette Fields of Hutto was transported the University Medical Center Brackenridge. Her three daughters, who were also in the minivan, were transported to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin. All remain in critical condition, officials said.

Police identified the driver of the minivan as Jeanette Fields, who was traveling with her twin 7-year-old daughters and her 8-year-old daughter. Police are still working to identified the victims killed in the Mazda.

Car accidents are often unexpected, effecting loved ones and family members in the blink of an eye. But despite the unexpected nature of car wrecks, there are certain pieces of equipment and safety products within a vehicle that we expect to operate in a certain manner, providing protection for serious injuries and death.

Defective airbags, inadequate roof pillars, flawed seatbelts and even electrical malfunctions can transform an already serious accident into a deadly experience.

Electrical malfunctions have appeared across the news recently, as several auto manufacturers announced recalls for a variety of auto parts comprising the vehicles they produce.

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