LA JUNTA (CBSDFW.COM) - A fiery crash in Parker County killed two teenagers and left two other teens recovering in separate hospitals early Thursday morning. The incident happened shortly after midnight along Midway Road, between Azle and Springtown.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the teens were riding in a Chevrolet Crew Cab that was speeding down the road when the driver lost control of the truck. The vehicle crashed through a pipe fence and two mailboxes, rolled over and landed next to a mobile home. Then, the truck caught on fire.
Three people inside of the mobile home heard the impact and were able to escape before their residence was burned. The home is reportedly a total loss.
The two deceased teenagers have been identified as 18-year-old Joshua Brown of Weatherford (the driver) and 14-year-old Alex Christian of Aledo. One of the injured teens — 15-year-old Halston McCue of Aledo — is now in serious condition in the burn unit of Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Meanwhile, the fourth teen — 14-year-old Madelyn Mitchell of Aledo — is in serious condition recovering from unknown injuries at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth.
Witnesses told CBS 11 News that at least one victim was seen burning in the fire, but was not able to be helped. “I saw everybody outside screaming and yelling, and I happened to see somebody running around the yard. She was engulfed in falmes and just trying to get the fire out. And everybody was yelling to put out the fire,” said witness Paula Moore. “Then, I ran back in the house because my husband’s a firefighter in this area, and I was screaming to him, because I didn’t know what to do. So then, I came back out and by that time the truck had exploded.”
“Supposedly, the 14-year-old girl was standing by my mom when the house blew up and it caught her on fire,” said witness Michael Casey. “They couldn’t get the flames out.”
“You want to help, but you don’t know what to do,” Moore said. “I wanted to run across the street so bad, but everyone was standing there, I didn’t know what to do. Somebody did try helping, the neighbor boy, but he couldn’t get the fire out.”
“It was horrific,” said witness Tina Hall. “I will never get those screams out of my mind. I won’t ever. Ever. All I know is it was a bunch of teenagers and they were just going too fast.”
Investigators plan to remain on the scene throughout Thursday, trying to determine what exactly led to this fatal crash and fire. There were no immediate signs of drugs or alcohol being involved.