2 people killed in fiery rollover crash in northwest Harris County

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - One man was burned to death and another man was ejected and killed Thursday in a violent crash in northwest Harris County.

Deputies said the driver of a Chevy Cobalt, identified as William Heckel, was driving in the 8400 block of Breen near Fairbanks North Houston Road around 1 a.m. when he veered off the road. The vehicle hit a cement culvert, flipped onto its roof and burst into flames, investigators said.

Firefighters found Heckel's body lying in the road, investigators said.

Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters found another man's body, who has not been identified, burned beyond recognition, deputies said.

Based on the position of the his body in the car, he might have been trying to escape, deputies said.

It is unclear what caused Heckel to lose control.

Investigators said they do not believe speed was a factor in the wreck.

The crash is under investigation.

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