AUSTIN (AP) - Three teenagers died and five people were injured
when a pickup truck slid across a highway outside Austin and
slammed into an oncoming car.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials say rain was a factor in yesterday's crash. The wreck occurred on the same highway
where three Central Texas educators were killed in a crash in rainy
conditions last year.
Two 16-year-old high school students were killed. Audrey Ducote
was from Austin High School, and Randall H. Hibler went to Marble
Falls High. Lauren Hoffman, a 17-year-old from Waco, also died.
Investigators said the collision occurred when Hibler's mother,
Tammy Sue Goodman, lost control of the 2003 Ford pickup she was
driving east on Texas 71. The truck hydroplaned into oncoming
traffic, hitting a 2006 Acura that was carrying Ducote and Hoffman.
The driver of the Acura, 43-year-old Amy Catherine Wright,
remained hospitalized in critical condition today. So did 17-year-old passengers Kathryn Elizabeth Powers and Katherine Ann
Goodman was hospitalized in stable condition Sunday.
Her 7-year-old son, Stephen Austin Goodman, was in good condition.