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A rental car accident in Austin could be deadly

A rental vehicle accident in southwest Austin could leave the driver dead or seriously injured, officials said Friday.

The accident occurred on Highway 59 near I-35 just before 6 p.m.

Friday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Two people were driving a Nissan Altima.

One of them was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according the department.

The other driver was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center.

A second passenger, a woman in her 60s, was taken away by ambulance and is in stable condition, according DPS.

Officials believe the accident was a result of the driver not wearing a seatbelt, according Texas Department for Public Safety spokesperson Kory Hightower.

A DPS spokesman told the Austin American-Statesman that the driver, who is from Austin, had been drinking at the time of the accident and was not wearing seatbelts.

The vehicle was not equipped with any emergency lights or sirens, Hightowers said.

In August, two men died in a crash that resulted in a fire.

The Texas Department is working with local authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine what happened.