Accident closes FM 421 in Hardin County

Accident closes FM 421 in Hardin County

UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety can confirm that 22-year-old Mekayla Victoria Howard of Kountze, was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston following the two vehicle crash on FM 421 in Hardin County.

Howard did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

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UPDATE: Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a statement at 12:21 p.m. that preliminary reports indicate a 1996 Mercury passenger vehicle was traveling westbound on FM 421 and experienced a front tire blowout.

After the tire blowout, the vehicle veered into the eastbound traffic lane, colliding head-on with a 2000 Acura passenger vehicle.

The driver of the Acura, a 22 year old female from Kountze, was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston with serious injuries. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries.

The driver of the Mercury, 19 year old Kyle Wise of Lumberton, and his teenage passenger were both transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth's hospital. Their injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The crash scene has been cleared and FM 421 has reopened to traffic.

This fatal crash remains under investigation.

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On March 29, at about 8:20 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a two vehicle crash on FM 421 in Hardin County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. The crash is approximately five miles west of US 69 near Bon Well Loop.

Troopers and other emergency personnel are in route to the crash scene. At this time, DPS can confirm that there are injuries; however, the extent of those injuries are unknown.

The two vehicle crash on FM 421, near Bon Well Loop, has the roadway partially blocked. Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route. Motorists traveling in the area should stay alert for emergency vehicles and slow or stopped traffic. Expect delays.

As the crash investigation progresses, details will be released as information is confirmed.

DPS

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