Two Americans Die in Car Accident in Remote Argentina

Two Americans died and another was injured when their car crashed and flipped on the remote tip of South America, Argentine police said Monday.

Tierra del Fuego Police Inspector Hector Santiago Diaz said Thomas V. Fritz and Thomas Patrick McDermott died Sunday night, while the car's 83-year-old driver, William Kanaga, survived the crash.

The three men left Punta Arenas, Chile, and were probably driving toward Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina, which is a popular tourist destination, Diaz said.

Fritz was the chairman of Pittsburgh-based Innovative Systems, Inc. and the former CEO of the Private Sector Council, his colleagues said.

"He had more energy than any man I have ever met," said Innovative president Robert Colonna, who confirmed Fritz's death with his wife.

Colonna said Fritz was in Argentina for charity work, but didn't have more information.

A woman who answered the telephone listed under Kanaga's name in Orleans, Massachusetts said Kanaga's wife was not available for comment and declined to confirm details of the accident.

Oscar Lopez, director of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital where the men were treated, said Kanaga suffered blows to his body but should be released soon.

Argentine officials did not provide additional details about McDermott.

The U.S. Embassy could not confirm his identity because of privacy laws.