Wrong-way crash on SH 21 in Caldwell County kills two

UHLAND, Texas (KXAN) — A wrong-way driver caused a deadly crash that killed himself and another driver Monday night on State Highway 21 in Caldwell County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The crash happened around 7 p.m., just south of Farm to Market 2001 near the Hays-Caldwell county line.

DPS says 33-year-old Jose Ortiz-Perez, of Buda, was driving a Nissan Frontier northbound in the southbound lane of SH 21. Ortiz-Perez struck a Ford Explorer that was being driven by 45-year-old Olivia Madolores Flores, of Dale. Ortiz-Perez and Flores both died at the scene of the crash.

Aftermath of deadly wrong way crash on State Highway 21 near Farm to Market 2001. The crash happened on Jan. 2, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)
Aftermath of deadly wrong way crash on State Highway 21 near Farm to Market 2001. The crash happened on Jan. 2, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Amanda Dugan)

Two adult passengers in Ortiz-Perez’ vehicle were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. The passengers in Flores’ vehicle, a 2-year-old girl and an adult, were also taken to the hospital for treatment. The child is still in the hospital in serious condition.

SH 21 was closed for several hours while emergency crews worked the crash.

Residents who live along SH 21 hope county officials can help improve safety on this busy stretch of road. Top priorities for the road include lowering the speed limit, building shoulders and adding a signal light at Farm to Market 2001. Since January 2010 through April 2016 there have been 441 crashes that killed eight people along SH 21 between State Highway 80 and FM 2001.