Sherman woman killed in car fire

A 20-year-old Sherman woman was killed early Monday morning in a car fire underneath the U.S. Highway 75 overpass at U.S. Highway 82 in Sherman.

Firefighters from the Sherman Fire Department and officers from the Sherman Police Department were dispatched at 3 a.m. Monday, but the vehicle was fully engulfed when authorities arrived.

“A passerby called it in as a car fire and they sent people out there,” SPD Sgt. D.M. Hampton said of the department’s dispatchers. “That’s when they realized that (the car) was actually going westbound on 82 and struck the pillar that’s underneath the east control road to 75.”

Due to the fire and substantial damage to the vehicle from the accident, authorities were unable to get the driver out of the car. The Critical Accident Investigation Team was then called in to take over the investigation. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by CAIT.

The driver’s name is being withheld pending positive identification from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The family of the woman believed to be the driver has been notified.

“We’re 99 percent sure, but we’re not going to release the name until they do dental or DNA (tests),” Hampton said.