MAGNOLIA, Texas -- Authorities say excessive speeding was likely the cause of a fiery collision that killed five people and injured two others in Southeast Texas.
Authorities say the driver of a Chevrolet Cobalt was driving on a state highway in Magnolia at "an extremely high rate of speed" when it collided with a Toyota van yesterday.
Four of the five family members traveling in the van were killed. They were identified as: 60-year-old Donald Lee Sexton of College Station; 78-year-old Curtis Charles Edwards of Pinehurst; 83-year-old Catherine C. Edwards; and 83-year-old Lloyd Alvin Edwards of Salina, Oklahoma.
Another van passenger, 59-year-old Karla Kay Sexton of College Station, remained hospitalized Sunday.
Eighteen-year-old Kayla Pratorius of Magnolia was a front seat passenger in the Cobalt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Cobalt was 22-year-old Brandon Lee Ferguson of Magnolia. He remained hospitalized Sunday.
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Angela Fountain says that the investigation is ongoing and they are trying to determine the Cobalt's speed at the time of impact.
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