2 killed in four-vehicle wreck on I-30 in Grand Prairie

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Two people were killed late Thursday when their car burst into flames during a four-vehicle wreck in a construction zone on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie, police reported.

The victims had not been identified by late Friday afternoon, said police Sgt. Eric Hansen of the department's traffic section.

The wreck was reported at 10:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-30, near the intersection of Belt Line Road on the city's east side, Hansen said.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2002 Dodge Stratus was eastbound in the left lane when it came upon slower moving traffic entering the construction zone," Hansen said in a news release. "The Dodge collided with a 2008 Toyota pickup, causing the fuel tank on the Dodge to rupture and catch fire."

The Dodge spun and collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze before coming to a stop in the right lane, Hansen said.

A 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe and the Dodge then collided.

"The occupants of the Dodge were unable to get out of the vehicle and died at the scene," Hansen said.

Two Dallas men in the Tahoe, ages 21 and 31, were not seriously hurt, Hansen said.

The sergeant noted, however, that the 21-year-old driver smelled of alcohol, "so a blood specimen was collected and investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine if charges will be filed."

The drivers of the Toyota pickup and the Chevrolet Cruze were not hurt, Hansen said.

These were the sixth and seventh traffic fatalities in Grand Prairie this year, he said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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