Tragically, a teenage girl who attended Canyon High School was killed on Sunday shortly after midnight in a head-on collision in Comal County, Texas. Investigators have not confirmed the cause of the crash.
Jason Rush, Battalion Chief of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, said that he responded to a call to the crash site at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Once there, he learned that as several motorists were leaving the area of the Whitewater Amphitheater, the pickup truck coming from the west crashed into several automobiles. The worst of the impact struck a car occupied by two females. One exited the vehicle. The other was the teen who was killed. Firefighters say that she was trapped and the car she was in had burst into flames. The flames had to be put out before she could be removed from the vehicle.
The other occupant of that vehicle and the man driving the westbound truck both had injuries serious enough that they were transported by a medical helicopter to San Antonio’s University Hospital. Ten other people were involved in the collision, and each of them refused medical treatment at the scene.
Studies show that the increased force sustained by both drivers in a head-on collision makes these types of accidents especially dangerous. According to research, although only about 2% of all collisions are head-on crashes, 10% of traffic fatalities occur when drivers crash head-on.