Four people are dead after a car drove through a barricade, fell from an overpass, hit a building and caught fire. Austin Fire officials said all four were found in the burned vehicle.
The fire department got several calls around 5 a.m., but when firefighters arrived the car was already engulfed in flames.
"We've been to some horrific accidents and this is going to be one of those," said Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck.
Austin fire officials said a driver headed North on 360 barreled through a concrete barrier at the "T" intersection of North Mopac frontage road.
"I'm sure this vehicle had to be traveling at an incredible amount of speed to go through that barricade and do the damage that it did," said Buck.
The car landed at the Arbor Walk shopping center dozens of feet below.
"The Austin Police Department was pulling up and they advised us that they had a vehicle fully involved in flames in the parking lot of the Arbor Walk," Buck said.
Once the fire was out, it became clear there were several victims inside.
"At this point, it appears that there are four, four people that perished inside the vehicle," said Buck.
The airborne car hit the side of a building at the shopping center. It left no structural damage, but crashed right into a power center on the outside of the strip mall.
"Austin Energy shut off the power because the power center is right there. That's going to affect business in this part of the strip center," Buck said.
Chipotle, Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries and Shakes, Mattress Firm, Massage Envy, Sport Clips and Wynn Nails were all without power Sunday. Mighty Fine was able to bring their food truck to the location so they could still accommodate customers.
Traffic was reduced to one lane on North Mopac frontage road while crews worked to repair the vehicle sized hole in the concrete barricade.
The fire department and police department are both investigating the crash.
Austin Energy told business owners they expect to have the power restored Sunday night or Monday morning.