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2 killed in crash on SH 21

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Two people were killed in a near-head-on collision on SH 21 in Caldwell County Monday night.
Four more people were injured, including a two-year-old girl.
According to DPS Sgt. Robbie Barrera, it happened at approximately 7 p.m. about two miles outside Niederwald. She said a 2000 Nissan Frontier was traveling northeast on SH 21 when a 2002 Ford Explorer that had been going southwest crossed the center line and “was traveling on the wrong side of the road.”
The Nissan’s driver, 45-year-old Olivia Madolores Flores, tried to avoid the collision but only managed to avoid being hit head-on. The Ford, driven by 33-year-old Jose Omar Ortiz Perez, “crashed into the left front quarter” of the Nissan, causing it to go into a spin. Barrera said the Nissan spun approximately 180 degrees clockwise while the Ford spun about 90 degrees, also clockwise.
Both drivers were dead at the scene. Barrera said Flores lived in Dale, while Ortiz-Perez was from Buda.
Julianna Flores, two, who was a passenger in the Nissan, was taken to Dell Children’s hospital in Austin and was said to be in serious condition. Also in the Nissan was 46-year-old Angel Duran Esquivel, who was treated at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center and released.
Two passengers from the Ford were also treated and released from St. David’s South. They were identified as 36-year-old Lilia Cruz de Paz of Buda and Julio Cesar Ramirez Deras, 27, also of Buda.
Barrera said road conditions were clear and dry at the time and the speed limit along that stretch of road is 60 mph.
Investigation into what caused the crash will continue.

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