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2 Dead, Car Burst Info Flames During Crash

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Two people were killed and three injured early Sunday morning in a car crash in Prince William County.

Police said a Honda Civic was making a left turn from Va. 234 onto Minnieville Road when it crossed the path of a GMC Envoy SUV and collided with it. The Civic, with three people inside, immediately caught fire where. A passenger in the rear of the car became trapped, and fire crews had to pull the victim from the car before they pronounced her dead on scene.

The driver of the Civic and a front seat passenger was flown to a local hospital. The passenger later died from her injuries.

Two occupants of the Envoy were also injured.

Here’s more in an unedited police report:

Crash – Double Fatality – On March 9th at 1:21AM, officers and investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the area of Dumfries Rd and Minnieville Rd in Manassas (20112) to investigate a two vehicle crash.

The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2012 Honda Civic was traveling southbound on Dumfries Rd and proceeded to make a left turn on a red light at the intersection with Minnieville Rd. In doing so, the vehicle crossed paths in front of a 2003 GMC Envoy, which was traveling northbound on Dumfries Rd causing a T-bone collision.

The driver of the Envoy and had the solid green light to proceed through the intersection. Upon impact, the Honda Civic immediately caught fire. Two of the first responding officers used fire extinguishers on the flames and were able to cut the seatbelts and remove the driver and a rear passenger from the vehicle.

The front seat passenger was trapped inside the vehicle and was unable to escape until members of the Department of Fire and Rescue arrived on scene.

The passenger in the rear of the Civic was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver and front seat passenger of the Civic were flown to an area hospital where the front seat passenger also died of their injuries.

The driver of the Civic remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The driver and a front seat passenger of the Envoy were also flown to an area hospital where both have since been treated and released.

All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. Currently, there is no indication of alcohol or drug use being factors in the crash. Speed being a factor is still under investigation.


The driver of the 2012 Honda Civic was identified as a 61 year old woman of Woodbridge

The deceased front seat passenger in the 2012 Honda Civic was identified as Gisela ZUNIGA, 35, of Woodbridge [Female]

The deceased rear seat passenger in the 2012 Honda Civic was identified as Francisa KNAUF, 60, of Triangle [Female]

The driver of the 2003 GMC Envoy was identified as a 39 year old woman of Delaware

The front seat passenger in the 2003 GMC was identified as a 27 year old man of Delaware

It’s not clear why the Civic burst into flames. Police say the crash remains under investigation.


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