71-year-old dies in accident that closed eastbound I-10

71-year-old dies in accident that closed eastbound I-10

A 71-year-old Houston woman died in multiple-vehicle accident that injured another woman and shut down all eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 March 29, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release.

According to Davis, the crash occurred near the Goodyear Plant in Jefferson County at approximately 2:50 p.m. and involved three passenger vehicles. A Ford pickup truck traveling westbound on Interstate 10 just west of the Goodyear Plant veered into the center median for an unknown reason. The vehicle went through the cable barrier, continued into the eastbound lanes of the interstate and struck a Nissan Altima head-on. Debris from the collision struck an Acura MDX, causing minor damage to the front of the vehicle.

The driver of the Ford, Jaricka Carter, 21, of Louisiana, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital with injuries that do not appear life-threatening. The driver of the Altima, 71-year-old Lucille Nixon of Houston, was transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital with serious injuries and died late on the afternoon of March 29. The driver and passenger of the Acura were not injured in the crash.

All eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near the Goodyear Plant were closed at the time of the release, about 4:15 p.m. After the wrecked vehicles and debris were removed from the roadway, all eastbound lanes reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

The crash investigation is ongoing. Davis said that "if charges are filed in this case, those charges will be based solely on the factual evidence obtained during the crash investigation."