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2 die, 5 injured in College Station accident over weekend

Erin Mulvane, Houston Chronicle
Updated 2:13 pm, Monday, March 25, 2013
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Two college students from the Houston area died and five others are critically injured after a collision in College Station over the weekend, authorities said.

Two Dodge pickup trucks collided at around 9 p.m. Saturday at the 1300 block of Harvey Mitchell Parkway and a total of seven people were removed from the wrecked vehicles and taken to local hospitals with various injuries.

Taylor Leonard, 19, of Houston, who was driving a 2008 Dodge with five passengers, died Sunday at the College Station Medical Center from the injuries she sustained during the crash.

Texas A&M sophomore Nathan Hardcastle, 20, of Cypress, a passenger in Leonard's truck, died soon after the accident on Saturday night.

Investigators said a 2008 Dodge pickup truck was leaving a private drive while attempting to turn north and was struck on the driver's side by a 2006 Dodge pickup truck driving southbound on Harvey Mitchell.

The force from the collision sent both vehicles across all lanes of the road. Four occupants of the 2008 Dodge were taken by ambulance to the College Station Medical Center and the remaining 2 passengers of that vehicle and the sole occupant of the 2006 Dodge were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and the Traffic Enforcement Division of the College Station Police Department.