At least eight people are hospitalized with three in critical condition following a crash during a race at a mud track in Texas Sunday, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said one of the vehicles, “due to unknown reasons,” left the track and broke through the guard rail, hitting spectators and three other vehicles.
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, citing a briefing he received from Chief Tom Whitten of the Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News El Paso affiliate KVIA that a total of 29 people were hurt.
The incident happened around 6:35 p.m. local time in the 17600 block of Island Guadalupe Road.
No other information, including the names of the victims, has been released. The driver’s identity and his or her condition have also not been released publicly.
Source: 8 hospitalized after vehicle breaks through guardrail, drives into crowd at Texas racetrack – ABC News
Two of the people injured are in critical condition, Austin Interim Chief of Police Joseph Chacon said at a news briefing Saturday.
Six people were taken to a hospital by the Austin Police Department, and the Austin-Travis County EMS brought in four others for medical treatment, Chacon said. Three other victims brought themselves to the hospital.
One hospital received 11 of the victims for treatment while another person was transported to a different hospital. One person went to an urgent care facility with multiple gunshot wounds, Chacon said.
Police have a very general description of the suspect and the incident appears to be isolated to the area, but could not say for certain that there was no additional public danger because the suspect is not in custody, Chacon said.
Police are currently reviewing camera footage from multiple sources, including the Public Safety Camera System, police body cameras and business surveillance video to determine what happened.
Detectives from the Aggravated Assault, Homicide, Organized Crime and Gang units are involved in the investigation, police said. Investigators have not ruled out gang involvement, but say the motive and circumstances that led to the shooting are not clear at this time.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Team is also on scene, Chacon said.
Shortly after the shooting, the Austin Police Department had urged in a post on Twitter
for people to stay away from the 6th Street downtown area.
Source: Austin shooting: At least 13 people injured in a shooting downtown, authorities say – CNN
Police confirmed the identities as 19-year-old twins Farhan and Farbin Towhid, their older brother Tanvir, 21, and their parents Iren and Towhidul Islam died. The children’s grandmother, Altafun Nessa was also a victim.
Police said the deaths are a result of a murder-suicide.
The family is part of a tight knit Bangladeshi community.
“When I heard the news I couldn’t breathe for 20 to 30 minutes. How could it happen in a community like us? We’re so close and we visit each other and talk to each other, we have dinner and stuff, but inside the house… his children were unhappy for some reason and one thing led to another,” said family friend Shawn Ahsan. “We are heartbroken. I don’t know what else to say… ”
When officers arrived, they found the bodies, all dead from gunshot wounds. Police said the deaths are a result of a murder suicide — two of the brothers killing their family.
Police said Farhan Towhid linked a lengthy suicide note from his Instagram. In it he writes “Hey everyone. I killed myself and my family.” He goes on to talk about how he has battled depression since 9th grade.
In the suicide note, Farhan Towhid said in February of this year, his older brother — who was also battling depression — made a proposition. He wrote that his brother said, “If we can’t fix everything in a year we’ll kill ourselves and our family.”
Source: Allen Police Find 6 Dead, Say Suicide Pact Shared On Social Media Mentions ‘Killing Family’ – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
A 21-year-old woman was killed and seven people injured in a shooting sparked by a fight at a Dallas nightclub early Saturday.
The fight between two groups at the Pryme Night Club started around 1:30 a.m., Dallas police said. Someone in one of the groups pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting six people, The Associated Press reported.
A local reporter on the scene said the cops ran into a “chaotic scene” and applied tourniquets to the victims before they were sent to the hospital.
The injured were taken from the nightclub to area hospital, where Daisy Navarrete, 21, was pronounced dead. The wounded ranged from stable to critical condition.
Police said the shooter, a man in his 20s, ran away from the scene. Social media posts showed blocked off streets around the club as cops searched for the shooter.
The investigation is ongoing.
Source: One killed, five wounded in Dallas nightclub shooting
AUSTIN (KXAN) — On the heels of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday to take down the statewide mask and occupancy mandates, many groups and businesses are letting people know where they stand.
“It’s time to reopen Texas 100%,” Abbott said. “Everybody who wants to work should have that opportunity. Every business that wants to be open, should be open.”
“Travelers at AUS are required to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport. Failure to comply with the mask requirement can result in civil penalties,” a spokesperson wrote.
Capital Metro will also be keeping its requirements for passengers who want to board its buses.
Source: Gov. Abbott strikes down statewide mask mandate, but you’ll still have to wear a mask at these places | KXAN Austin
The decision to have a deregulated electricity market stems back to 1999 when legislation was first introduced to deregulate the market in Texas. Supporters of the bill said it would create more competition in the sector and lower prices for consumers.
However, households under the deregulated market paid rates 13 percent higher than the nationwide average from 2004 to 2019, according to the Journal. Those who used traditional utilities in Texas paid 8 percent less than the national average during that time frame.
The data used for the analysis came from the federal Energy Information Administration.
Although deregulation in Texas was designed to allow for more competition, mergers in the industry have left Texans with two main retail electricity providers.
Source: Texas’s deregulated electricity market raised consumer costs by $28B: WSJ | TheHill
An 18-wheel truck hit a train carrying chemicals and fuels in Cameron, Texas, early Tuesday, causing a huge explosion and starting a fire that is expected to burn for several days.
The Milam County town of 5,400, about 72 miles northeast of Austin, was rocked by the boom around 6:45 a.m., according to Cameron Sheriff Chris White.
White said the driver of an 18-wheel flatbed truck lost control of his vehicle, was unable to stop, swerved around a parked vehicle and into a rail crossing, where his truck struck a passing BNSF train.
“Nobody was injured or killed,” White said.
Source: Huge explosion erupts after 18-wheeler hits fuel train in Texas
Texas power providers Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Entergy Corporation have been hit with a $100 million lawsuit accusing them of gross negligence in the death of a child whose family suspects he suffered hypothermia when they lost electricity and heat in their mobile home during a historic cold snap.
The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the utility giants “put profits over the welfare of people” by ignoring previous recommendations to winterize its power grid, which sustained an epic failure last week and left more than 4 million customers without heat and electricity as temperatures in some parts of the state plunged to single digits.
Source: Family of 11-year-old boy who died in Texas deep freeze files $100 million suit against power companies – ABC News
A massive fire broke out at an apartment complex in San Antonio Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The blaze began around 1 p.m. at the complex in Bexar County, KSTAT reported.
Residents recalled they received an alert to turn off their water heater, and the fire erupted on the second floor moments later, fire officials said.
About 50 residents were evacuated from the building.
Source: Massive fire breaks out in San Antonio apartment building
Sen. Ted Cruz and his family flew to Cancun, Mexico, he confirmed in a statement to CNN, as a winter disaster in his home state left millions without power or water.
Cruz, a Texas Republican, said in the statement he flew down for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends.”
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” he said
in the statement. “My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
Source: Cruz travels to Cancun, Mexico, as Texans remain without power amid historic winter storm – CNNPolitics
Colorado City’s mayor has quit after posting that “only the strong will survive and the weak will perish” in a deadly winter storm sweeping the southern US state.
Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, took to Facebook in anger at people “crying and looking for a handout”.
“Sink or swim it’s your choice,” he raged. “The city and country… or any other service, owes you nothing.”
Millions are now in a third day without power and struggling for heat in Texas.
Source: Texas snow: Mayor quits after ‘only strong will survive’ post – BBC News
HILLTOP LAKES, Texas (KBTX) – Four people died Sunday morning in a plane crash near Hilltop Lakes in Leon County.
According to flight records, the 1984 single-engine plane left Horseshoe Bay Resort near Marble Falls, west of Austin, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday and was headed to the Natchitoches, Louisiana Regional Airport.
Troopers say on the way, the plane started to have engine issues. The aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing at Hilltop Lakes Airport when it crashed near the Hilltop Lakes stables north of Normangee around 10:45 a.m.
Officials say the pilot had been in contact with the FAA before the crash, saying the plane was having engine problems.
Source: Plane crash kills four in Leon County