SAN MARCOS, Texas — Nine of 10 passengers in a Ford Explorer were ejected, two of which were killed, in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate Highway (IH) 35 in San Marcos on Saturday night, according to police.
Police say five adults and five children were traveling from San Antonio to Austin for a family gathering at the time of the crash. Only the driver was believed to be wearing a seat belt.
The San Marcos Police Department responded to the crash at approximately 7:42 p.m., on Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the 200 block of northbound IH 35.
There, witnesses told police the white 2002 Ford Explorer left the highway, overturned multiple times, and came to a rest on the east access road.
24-year-old Destiny Bridges was pronounced deceased at the scene. 31-year-old Sean Thompson, who was the husband of the driver, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
"Three of the five children, ages 7, 8 and 9, were transported by medics to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin and are currently in critical non-stable condition," according to the San Marcos Police Department. "Two other children, ages 8 and 10, did not require hospital care and were released to relatives."
All of the adults transported from the scene were taken to Seton Ascension Hospital in Kyle, Texas, with multiple injuries.
"At this time, speed is expected to be a factor in the crash as well as a blown tire," stated the San Marcos Police Department, which says the investigation remains ongoing. "After initial investigation of the Ford Explorer, it is determined that the vehicle was only suited for 5 passengers."
These are the fourth and fifth traffic fatalities for San Marcos in 2020.