ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — A Thursday afternoon wreck along Texas 62 claimed the lives of two young Orange County residents and injured another.
The driver of a northbound Chevrolet Impala, Summer Nichols, 18, of Orange County and a passenger, Starr Jeanise, 21, of Orange, were both killed Thursday when the car was struck head-on by a Ford pick-up headed southbound according to an Orange Police Department spokesperson.
The wreck shut down Texas 62 in both directions north of FM 1078 while Orange Police officers and Texas DPS troopers investigated the wreck.
The Impala was traveling north on Texas 62 behind a Chevy pickup truck when the wreck happened the spokesperson said.
A Ford pickup traveling south began to hydroplane sideswiped the Chevy pickup and then struck the Impala head-on according to the spokesperson.
The driver of the Ford truck was taken by ambulance to a Southeast Texas hospital.
An air ambulance had been dispatched but the helicopter was not able to fly due to the weather.
The accident is being attributed to the weather due to the hydroplaning on the Ford truck.
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This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.