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Traffic Incident at 610 East Loop Near Clinton Drive

February 20, 2007 -- Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident on the 610 East Loop near Clinton Drive about 1 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 19).

The identities of the two deceased adult victims are pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant M.W. Bearden and Officer R. Kessler reported:

According to witnesses, the driver of a 1980 Buick was traveling only 20 miles per hour in the southbound lanes on the East Loop when a 2001 Honda, also traveling south near the posted speed of 55 mph, struck the rear of the slow moving Buick. The Buick burst into flames immediately upon impact and the fire spread through the vehicle, killing the driver and passenger. The driver of the Honda was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

The investigation is continuing.

NJM/JFC 2/20/07
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.