Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
CELESTE, TX - A head-on collision Thursday night killed three people in Hunt County.
Texas DPS troopers said it happened at around 7:45 Thursday night along U.S. Highway 69 just between Celeste and Kingston. Investigators said a car traveling south on U.S. 69 crossed over to the northbound lane hitting an SUV full-speed, then burst into flames.
Both drivers and a passenger died at the scene.
Texas DPS and Celeste Volunteer Fire Department responded. DPS Trooper Cpl. J. Simpson said they didn't see evidence of either car stopping.
"There's really no braking. The speed limit in this area is 70 miles per hour so there's really no evidence of anyone braking prior to contact," he said.
No names have been released and the accident is still under investigation.
U.S. Highway 69 in Celeste is back open.