Vehicle catches fire after wreck, kills brother and sister

Vehicle catches fire after wreck, kills brother and sister

MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - Two East Texans were killed early Sunday morning after a wreck caused their car to engulf in flames.

Mount Pleasant Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to a one-vehicle wreck in the 2200 block of West 1st Street at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found a 2007 Kia passenger vehicle engulfed in flames.

Witnesses say two people were trapped inside the vehicle during the fire. Due to the intensity of the flames, witnesses were not able to get the passengers out.

Police say the vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Manuel DeJesus Diaz, of Mount Pleasant, was traveling eastbound on West 1st Street when it left the roadway striking several trees.

Diaz's older sister, Maria Gonzalez, 33 of Mount Pleasant, was identified as the passenger. Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kay McNutt at 3:41 a.m. An autopsy was requested on both victims.

Mount Pleasant Police Crash Reconstruction Investigators and Detectives responded to the scene. At this time there are no indicators as to why the crash occurred. The request for an autopsy is routine to assist investigators in an attempt to determine why the crash occurred.

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