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Published on May 17, 2024
Fatal Car Wreck on State Highway 71 in Marble Falls Claims Two Lives, Prompts Road ClosureSource: Google Street View

A major car wreck in Burnet County claimed the lives of two individuals and forced State Highway 71 to close in both directions on Thursday, authorities confirmed. The fatal incident occurred near the intersection of SH 71 and County Road 401 in Marble Falls, as reported by CBS Austin. Responding to the scene were Burnet County ESD 9 Spicewood Fire Rescue and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Officials enacted a temporary shutdown of the highway which started around 4 p.m. and persisted as DPS troopers investigated the site of the carnage, the accident not only brought traffic to a standstill but also rattled the local community upon which such a sudden and violent tragedy was visited. After over two hours of closure, the road was reopened to public use at approximately 6:15 p.m., as revealed in an update from Spicewood Fire Rescue's Facebook page.

The identities of those deceased have not been released at this time, and it remains unclear if other individuals were injured in the wreck. What is clear, however, is the all-too-common thread of pain that such events weave into the fabric of the communities they touch; an abrupt reminder of the fragility that is part and parcel of our daily commutes, of the delicate balance between routine and catastrophe.

The investigation into the cause and circumstances of the wreck is ongoing, and more information is expected to be made available following its conclusion DPS officers are working diligently to unravel the series of events that led to the wreck and ensure that those who find their travels intersecting with the site of today, do so with the knowledge that their path has been rendered once more secure.