Fiery Crash Causes $700K in Damage at Houston Car Dealership

May 8, 2014

A vehicle involved in a traffic accident careened into a Houston-area Cadillac dealership and struck a row of Escalades, triggering a fire that destroyed six of the pricey SUVs.

The general manager of the dealership, Steven Hainline, says the loss of the SUVs amounts to about $700,000.

He says the episode began early in the morning on May 6 when two vehicles collided on the Interstate 45 frontage road just north of Houston. One of the vehicles, a Toyota Scion, left the road, traveled through fencing and became wedged among three Escalades. The Scion then caught fire and the flames spread to the SUVs. There was minor damage to other vehicles nearby.

Authorities say the two motorists involved in the initial wreck suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

Hainline says the fire made “for a really long day.”

Latest Comments

  • May 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    DougJ says:
    Local news said the two people in one of the cars could not agree (or did not know) which one of them was driving..... so the officer said breathe into this!!!!
  • May 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    CTC says:
    Not far off-the new GMC Yukon XL's are 65 and the Denali's are 70+. Crazy...
  • May 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    Riskybiz says:
    6 SUV's at a value of $700K? At $116,600 each I'll never be able to buy a new car again!
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