Fatal accident shuts down I-10

Fatal accident shuts down I-10

A fatal accident in Orange County involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger car shut down eastbound I-10 for hours as emergency personnel took life-saving measures and crews worked to clear spilled diesel fuel from the roadway May 9, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a series of news releases.

According to Davis, DPS received a report of a two-vehicle crash on I-10 near the Woodlark Drive exit at mile marker 875 in Orange County at approximately 1:15 a.m. Troopers responded to the scene and discovered a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox SUV was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near mile marker 875. When the driver apparently realized he was traveling the wrong way on the interstate, he attempted to make a u-turn but was struck by a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 26-year-old Thaddeus Demarius Jones of Louisiana, was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Rodney Price.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Alfonso Fonseca, 28, of Florida, received minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

At the time of the releases, Orange County Troopers were working to determine how the driver of the Chevrolet entered the interstate traveling the wrong direction.

Eastbound lanes of traffic were closed for several hours following the crash, and reopened at about 7:30 a.m.