Injuries, lane closures due to major accident at Interstate 10 and Highway 12

Injuries, lane closures due to major accident at Interstate 10 and Highway 12

Original release, 8:12 a.m.:

The Texas Department of Pubic Safety reports that a major accident on Interstate 10 in Orange County has resulted in unknown injuries to the parties involved and lane closure on the westbound side of the interstate. At approximately 6:40 a.m., there was a two vehicle crash on Interstate 10 at Highway 12 in Orange County.  One of the vehicles involved was an truck tractor semi-trailer.

A Nissan passenger vehicle was traveling westbound in the inside lane of Interstate 10.  The Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound in the outside lane of Interstate 10 next to the passenger vehicle.  For an unknown reason, the passenger vehicle drifted into the path of the 18-wheeler.  The passenger vehicle struck the 18-wheeler and then struck the inside concrete barrier, coming to rest in the inside lane of Interstate 10.  The 18-wheeler veered to the right striking the outside concrete barrier which caused the cab of the truck to actually go over the concrete barrier.

Both drivers were transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with unknown injuries.

The inside lane of Interstate 10 is the only westbound lane of traffic open at this time.  Crews have also shutdown the westbound feeder road.  It is unclear when the roadway will be reopened.

UPDATE, 8:43 a.m.:

The crash that occurred this morning on Interstate 10 and State Highway 12 in Orange county has caused major structural damage to the roadway and the outside concrete wall of the overpass.  Due to this extensive damage, Interstate 10 westbound has only one lane of traffic open.  This crash has caused major traffic congestion in the area and it is expected that the three (3) outside lanes of the Interstate and a portion of the feeder road will remain closed for at least another 7-8 hours. The Texas Department of Transportation has several crews on scene assisting with traffic control with the use of traffic cones and barricades.  At this time, the Texas Department of Transportation is utilizing their Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) near the Texas-Louisiana border to warn motorists of the lane closures. The Texas Department of Public Safety urges motorists to use alternate routes and to avoid this area. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

UPDATE, 9:23 a.m.:

The crash that occurred this morning on Interstate 10 and State Highway 12 in Orange county has caused major structural damage to the roadway and the outside concrete wall of the overpass.  Due to this extensive damage, Interstate 10 westbound has only one lane of traffic open.  This crash has caused major traffic congestion in the area and it is expected that the three (3) outside lanes of the Interstate and a portion of the feeder road will remain closed for at least another 7-8 hours.

The Texas Department of Transportation has several crews on scene assisting with traffic control with the use of traffic cones and barricades.  At this time, the Texas Department of Transportation is utilizing their Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) near the Texas-Louisiana border to warn motorists of the lane closures.

The Texas Department of Public Safety urges motorists to use alternate routes and to avoid this area.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

UPDATE, 10:37 a.m.:

At this time, the status of the lane closures remains the same.  The reopening of Interstate 10 at Highway 12 in Vidor is not expected to occur until  around 6 p.m.  These lane closures will possibly impact the evening commute for Vidor residents and other motorists traveling into Texas.  Motorists are urged to use alternate routes .  The cities of Vidor, Orange, Mauriceville, Bridge City and Port Arthur should expect increased motor vehicle traffic due to motorists utilizing alternate routes.Currently, both drivers are undergoing treatment at St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont.  The driver of the 2006 Nissan passenger vehicle, 24-year-old Blake Morecraft of Dickenson, Texas, sustained injuries to his head and neck.  Morecraft was not wearing a seatbelt.  The driver of the 2013 Freightliner, 33-year-old James Wilson of Tennessee, sustained back and neck injuries.  These injuries are not believed to be life threatening.All law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, maintenance crews and wrecker companies are working as quickly as possible to reopen the roadway; however, the safety of all personnel at the crash scene is the number one priority.  Therefore, the time stated earlier could be delayed if other safety issues arise.

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