HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Three people, including two cadets from Texas A&M, were killed in a head-on collision in the early morning hours of Sunday morning on Highway 290 in Waller. The car they were riding in burst into flames after a wrong-way driver hit them in a head-in collision.
According to Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies, the accident involving the freshman cadets happened around 3:30 a.m. after a 21-year-old female driver driving a white Ford Mustang was traveling the wrong way in the westbound lanes on Hwy. 290 near Binford Road. That female motorist then crashed into the SUV carrying three cadets.That SUV then burst into flames, killing two of the cadets. The female was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the backseat passenger in the SUV were killed on impact.
The SUV driver was identified as 18-year-old Amy Pacheco and the back seat passenger as 18-year-old Miguel Hernandez. A motorist who was traveling on the road helped get the front seat passenger out of the SUV. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and is said to be stable.
HCSO officials stated that the cadets were traveling back to College Station for a function that they were supposed to be at Sunday morning.
Authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor the accident. At the time of this report, the wrong-way driver was not identified.
The northbound lanes of Highway 290 were closed for hours due to the investigation. All lanes reopened later Sunday morning.