• January 11, 2023

Houston Woman Killed in Auto Accident on FM 485 in Milam County, TX

Milam County, TX — January 9, 2023, a 21-year-old Houston woman died in a fiery traffic accident on Farm to Market Road 485 East in Milam County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on FM 485E near the Brazos River Bridge. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo SUV was traveling west on the roadway as a Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound nearby. Investigators allege the Volvo crossed left of center while trying to pass another vehicle, but entered the path of the oncoming truck. Both drivers reportedly tried to steer away from a collision but the vehicles made head-on contact, after which the Volvo caught fire.

The Volvo's driver was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear if anyone else was injured.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

It's always a terrible shame to learn of another fatal accident on Texas roads. I've learned over the years that some people's instinctive response to those is to try and explain them by jumping to conclusions and making questionable leaps of logic, but I've had to caution many people about the dangers of such speculation. The truth is nobody knows exactly what happened yet, and while investigators put together a rough timeline of events there's still a great deal more work to do to understand them.

To be clear, I don't know more than anyone else about what happened here. Maybe things are as simple as a traffic maneuver gone wrong, or maybe there's more to it. I just believe it's of the utmost importance to find out for the sake of the people who lost a loved one out there. I'd imagine that young woman's family and friends have many questions that urgently need answers, and I hope authorities will do everything they can to provide them. Ensuring they have the whole story is what matters most.

Houston Woman Killed in Auto Accident on FM 485 in Milam County, TX

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