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Two dead in South Austin car crash

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Around 2 a.m. Friday morning, Austin Police say they got a call from the driver of a black van. That driver had been in a minor collision with a silver Chevy Malibu just south of the river on I-35.

Officer Traver Stefan says it's possible the Malibu was fleeing from the scene of that accident.

"The occupant of the van was following the vehicle. But they said that it then appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. And then once everybody had arrived down here, the crash had already happened," Stefan said.

The second accident -- at the intersection of Ben White and I-35...was much worse.

"When witnesses pulled up to the scene here, nobody actually saw the crash. Unfortunately we don't know the conditions of the lights or anything at the time but it appeared that the Chevy Malibu had t-boned the Toyota Camry," Stefan said.

Police say two people in the Camry were pronounced dead on scene.

Police believe they were both men.

The two people inside the Malibu were taken to UMC Brackenridge to be treated for their injuries.

This is the first fatal accident of 2014 here in Austin.

Again, Officer Stefan did say it was possible that the driver was fleeing the scene of the first accident.

Austin P.D. gave us these statistics as far as hit and run fatalities go...according to preliminary numbers, there were 14 "failure to stop and render aid" fatalities in Austin in 2013. That's up from 10 in 2012.

Austin P.D. says they're not sure yet if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Of course it's still being investigated and we'll be sure to update you when the names are released as well as any other further details the police give out about what happened.

There is a traffic camera at the intersection that would have captured the accident but APD says it's a real-time camera and doesn't record. So it may not be much help.



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