2 killed after car crashes into Houston motel

HOUSTON — Two people were killed early Monday after a car crashed into a Houston motel and caught fire, authorities said.

The vehicle slammed into the Super 8 Motel in northern Harris County near the North Freeway around 1:45 a.m., KTRK reported. The crash left a large hole and extensive damage in the front office of the motel, police said.

"The guy went off the road and crashed right into the hotel," Chris Young, who witnessed the crash, told KRPC.

Harris County Precinct 4 investigators said it appeared the car flipped onto its side before hitting the building, according to KHOU. It was not clear if both victims were in the car or staying at the motel, the television station reported. However, some witnesses told KRPC the victims were in the sedan. The motel manager also said the people in the car had been killed, KTRK reported.

The motel manager told KTRK that no employees were injured, although a clerk was standing behind the counter when the crash occurred. The manager said the motel's sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading, the television station reported.

"Once they actually got (the fire) put out, we could see the back portion of the vehicle that was actually in the lobby," Young told KPRC.

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