Area and state investigators are searching for clues in an overnight fatal car fire near Abernathy. According to officials, a Ford SUV was found engulfed in flames East of I-27 on Farm Road 54 around 3am Saturday. The Hale County Sheriff's Office along with Abernathy Police Department, State Fire Marshall's Office the ATF are trying to determine how the SUV caught fire. Officials say the fire was reported just before 3am. When Abernathy Volunteer Firefighters arrived they found a woman laying near the vehicle.
Richard Beals, Investigator with the State Fire Marshall's Office, "The victim was found here at the scene. She was transferred by Aero Care to the burn unit in Lubbock and to my understanding she passed away at about 8:30 this morning (Saturday) in the burn unit."
Authorities are not releasing the woman's name, pending family notification. But do say she was 22 years old and died from injuries sustained in the fire. Evidence taken from the scene has been sent to a crime lab and those who last saw the woman are being interviewed.