Head-on collision closes West Port Arthur Road in both directions

Head-on collision closes West Port Arthur Road in both directions

Update: At 5:45 p.m. The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that they have identified the deceased victim involved in the motor vehicle crash that occurred earlier on West Port Arthur Road as 49-year-old Martha Dianne Katan of Port Arthur.

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Update: On March 6, at 3:24 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported that troopers arriving on scene found this crash not to be a head-on collision as initially reported.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2015 Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling northbound on West Port Arthur Road. A 2001 Toyota passenger vehicle was stopped on South Garden Road. In an attempt to make a left turn from South Garden Road onto West Port Arthur Road, the driver of the Toyota pulled out in front of the Ford pickup truck and was struck in the driver side door.

The driver of the Toyota, a 49-year-old female from Port Arthur, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck, 41-year-old Riley Ladd of Louisiana, was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas with minor injuries.

All northbound and southbound traffic lanes of West Port Arthur Road, near South Garden Road, have reopened. Motorists are urged to use caution and stay alert for slow moving traffic while traveling in this area.

All information is preliminary and additional details will be released as information is confirmed.

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West Port Arthur Road, near South Garden Road, in Jefferson County is closed in both directions due to a head-on collision.

At approximately 1 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a head-on collision on West Port Arthur Road, near South Garden Road, in Jefferson County.

Initial reports indicate that a Toyota passenger vehicle and a Ford F250 pickup truck collided head-on while traveling on West Port Arthur road. DPS has extremely limited information, but can confirm that one person is deceased.

At this time, West Port Arthur Road is closed in both directions. The roadway will remain closed until the crash scene has been safely cleared. There is no time estimation as to when the roadway will reopen to traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area and find an alternate travel routes. Expect delays.

As soon as crash details are confirmed, additional information will be released.

TxDPS

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