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Fatality after car impacts tree on Hwy. 21

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As Bastrop County braced for more rains, a motorist died Wednesday morning after running off Hwy. 21 East and impacting a tree. The single-vehicle accident occurred on the slick highway a little after 10 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway, near the south entrance to Lake Bastrop.

A Bastrop County first responder could be heard over the radio confirming that a fatality had occurred. DPS was handling the investigation, but the identity of the victim was not immediately available.

A view of the dark blue Ford Crown Victoria that slammed into the tree could be seen just a few feet off the right shoulder of the highway. The driver’s side of the car was completely collapsed. At 12:14 p.m. a first responder could be heard over a police scanner saying, “We have the victim out” of the vehicle. Another first responder said a student had happened on the scene and called in the wreck. The speed on that portion of Hwy. 21 is 60 mph.

	 A firefigher inspects a one-car fatal accident on Hwy. 21 East Wednesday morning. (Terry Hagerty Photography)


A firefigher inspects a one-car fatal accident on Hwy. 21 East Wednesday morning. (Terry Hagerty Photography)

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northern Bastrop County until 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The county was bracing for more rain after flooding earlier in the week of multiple low-water crossings in the Elgin-Paige area.

KXAN: Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened just after 10 a.m. in the 500 block of State Highway 21 East between Bastrop and Paige.

DPS is currently investigating the crash.

SH 21 has had issues with motor vehicle crashes in the past. In March, TxDOT reduced the speed limit from 70 to 60 mph.

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