COOKS POINT, Tex. (KBTX) – Two people were killed in an early morning accident on Highway 21 Monday.
According to the Department of Public Safety, a big rig pulling a saltwater tank was turning onto Highway 21 from FM 1362 when a Dodge minivan hit the trailer. Both the driver and passenger in the minivan were pronounced dead on scene.
The driver has been identified as Leslie Rosenberg, 62, and the passenger as Sophie Rosenberg, 19. Both were from Austin. The driver of the big rig was not injured.
Investigators had two lanes of Highway 21 closed for almost six hours. All lanes are back open.
Matt Simpson, a Burleson County resident, travels Highway 21 often and says he was in a similar accident on Father’s day.
“A truck pulled out in front of us and we clipped the back of it,” said Simpson. “It spun us upside down and destroyed the car that I was driving.”
Simpson suffered some bruising and broken teeth, he says his son was shaken up.
“He was hanging from his seatbelt, the first thing I asked him did you have both of your arms,” asked Simpson.
Simpson says learning of Monday’s accident is just a reminder of how dangerous he feels Highway 21 can be.
“Trucks just pull out and it seems like they don’t care,” he said. “When they see a spot they go and they don’t care if anybody has to stop.”
He wishes the intersection of OSR and 21 had more street lights so all drivers could see each other.
“Pay mind of where you are and know that other people want to go home at the end of the day too, ” said Simpson.
The cause of Monday’s accident is still under investigation and no one has been formally charged or cited.