HURST, TX (The Dallas Morning News) – The driver who crashed into a Hurst home Saturday and triggered an explosion that injured five people has been arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, police said.
Hurst resident Alejandro Enriquez-Castro, 35, was arrested at the scene of the explosion on a charge of not having a driver’s license.
Police said the suspect used several alias names and was being held on an immigration detainer before being transferred to ICE Monday morning.
Officers were dispatched to the home at 433 Myrtle Drive about 2 p.m. after a homeowner reported that a vehicle had crashed into the house and someone was trapped in a bedroom.
As officers walked up to the house, it exploded in a “massive fireball,” police said.
Rescuers breached a back door to the house and rescued a man, woman and their adult son inside. The woman was severely injured and buried in rubble, police said.
While police are still determining what caused the crash, investigators determined that the explosion was fueled by natural gas inside the house.
When the car crashed into the house around 2 p.m. Saturday, it severed the primary gas line and meter at the residence, allowing gas to build up inside before the explosion, police said.
Two police officers also received minor injuries. Officer Travis Hiser was treated and released from a local hospital, and Cpl. Ryan Tooker was treated at the scene for cuts he got while assisting victims inside the house.
Enriquez-Castro, who told police his brakes failed, was not hurt in the crash.
Police said the man and woman remain under hospital care for their burn injuries, and their son was released from the hospital after being treated for less serious injuries. Their names were not released because of privacy concerns, police said.