AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating a fiery crash that killed four people early Sunday morning. Emergency crews received the call just before 5:00 a.m. Sunday regarding a car on fire in the Arbor Walk parking lot off MoPac.
Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck says the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and heavily damaged when emergency crews arrived at the scene. When firefighters put out the fire they discovered four men inside the vehicle.
Investigators believe the driver of a 2008 Nissan Altima was going eastbound on North Capital of Texas Highway when the driver drove through the concrete barrier at the T-intersection with the North MoPac frontage. The car went through the concrete barrier, was airborne and crashed into the parking lot below, where it caught fire, said officials. Investigators say there was also cosmetic damage to the building that houses Mighty Fine Burgers, Chipotle and Mattress Firm.
“There is a vehicle-sized hole through the barricade up on top of the overpass,” says Buck.
Authorities believe speed was a possible factor in the crash.
“Certainly we’ve been to some horrific accidents and this is going to be one of those. I mean, horrible that up to four people, and again in the vehicle there’s always the possibility there could be somebody else, but that lost their lives needlessly due to speed. I’m sure that this vehicle had to be traveling at an incredible amount of speed to go through that barricade and do the damage that it did,” Buck says.
The names of the people killed in the crash have been released. Family members say the men who died, Jacobo Gallegos, Daniel Rubio, Pedro Aguilar, and Christian Hernandez, were all related.
New updates on the crash can be found here.