Woman and her unborn child killed in head-on crash in Elgin


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A pregnant Elgin woman and her unborn child were killed in a head-on collision late Friday, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

Lisa Page, 35, was driving west on FM 969 about 11:15 Am. when her vehicle collided with one driven by Rex Easley, 17, of Manor, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. Page, who was six months pregnant, died at the scene.

Easley sustained two broken legs and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Two passengers in Page’s vehicle were injured an 18-year-old woman who was transported to a hospital in critical condition and a 1-year-old boy who was in stable condition.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, but the other passengers were, according to the report.

Department of Public Safety officials are investigating the crash.

Tire blowout kills two in head-on crash


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A wreck that killed two truck drivers and spilled hundreds of gallons of raw sewage onto a Bastrop County highway Wednesday was caused by a tire blowout, officials said Thursday.

Department of Public Safety officials said that George Center, 37, of Austin was driving a UPS truck south on Texas 95 and that Larry Goodwill, 52, of Bastrop was driving a sewage truck north at 4:45 p.m. about four miles south of Elgin. A tire blew out on the front passenger side of the UPS truck, causing Center to lose control and enter the northbound lane, where the two trucks hit head-on, killing both men.

Raw sewage, oil and fuel spilled onto parts of the two-lane highway, causing it to be shut down for about five hours Wednesday evening.

The wreck damaged up to 3,000 square feet of the highway and surrounding area, said John Hurt, a spokesman with the Combined Transportation Emergency and Communications Center in Austin. He said that about 300 gallons of raw sewage was spilled. Some liquid quickly soaked into the ground, he said, but a residue that remained on the ground should be cleaned up by today. Hurt said UPS could be responsible for the cleanup cost, which has not been estimated because officials have not finished investigating the damaged area.

Center had been a fill-in UPS driver for about four years, said Susan Rosenberg, a company spokeswoman. She said the delivery company has begun its own investigation into the wreck.  “Certainly it is a loss to the UPS family, and we have made outreach to his family,” Rosenberg said.

Goodwill owned Larry’s Septic Tank Service and also was the volunteer pastor at Church of the Risen Savior in Bastrop, said his daughter, Wendy Goodwill Christian.  She said he was married for 33 years and known for his hard work and integrity.

One man killed and three hurt in wreck on Texas 195 in Williamson County


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A man was killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision on Monday on Texas 195 about a half mile north of Florence, said Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Rodrigo Enriquez, 47, of Killeen died in the 5:30 a.m. crash on the two-lane road, Vinger said.

Louis Hirsh, a 21-year-old soldier from Hutton, was driving a Honda Accord north on Texas 195 when it crossed the center line and hit the Chevrolet Prism that Enriquez was driving.

Hirsch was injured in the crash as were Enriquez’s passengers Vladimiro Alvarado, 46, and Junior Alvarado, 23.

Two killed in seperate wrecks in Bell County


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Two people died in seperate accidents Saturday in Bell County, said Glenn Miller, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to authorities, at 5:30 p.m. a Jepp Cherokee crossed into incomming traffic on FM 93 southeast of Temple and collided with a Chevrolet pickup.

The driver of the Jeep, Kathren Turnbaugh, 43, died at the scene.  The pickup driver, Billie Mahler, 82, and passenger Suma Mahler, 80, were hospitalized with major lacerations.  The driver of a third vehicle, Tanesha Farmer, 38, suffered minor injuries when she drove into a drainage culvert to avoid a collision, Miller said.


Northwest of Belton on FM 439, Heather Lewis, 31, died in a head-on collision when the Toyota sedan she was driving veered into oncoming traffic at 11:20 p.m. and hit a Dodge pickup, according to reports.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, Miller said.  The driver of the pickup, William Bonner, 46, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Local Heroes Douse Truck Fire and Save Driver


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Richard Slack, a 47-year-old former volunteer firefighter in New York, was working at a Lube Pit Stop at about 4:45 p.m.  in Southwest Austin on February 12th when he heard a boom.  There was no screeching tires before he heard the crash, which are common along the stretch of U.S. 290 just east of William Cannon Driver where the shop is located.

Hearing that the truck was on fire, Slack immediately ran to the scene where he saw a Ford Ranger pickup and a Subaru Outback had collided head-on.  Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles and the Ranger was on fire.

Along with several other bystanders and passers-by, Slack helped put out the flames before emergency crews arrived, saving the life of the pickup driver, said Harry Evans, a battalion chief with the Austin Fire Department.  Slack used a fire extinguisher from a school bus driver to put out the flames.

Both accident victims were taken by STAR flight to University Medical Center at Brackenridge.

“Only involve yourself when you can add value,” said Evans.  “Accident scenes are difficult, and we don’t want people becoming more victims.”