Interstate 10 closed by multi-vehicle crash

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UPDATE: At 7:13 p.m., all eastbound and westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 have reopened following an earlier crash.

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UPDATE: At 5:41 p.m., DPS PIO Stephanie Davis reported that the driver of the Ford pickup truck, 68-year-old Laura Blevins of Orange, and the passenger, 61-year-old Donald Gene Blevins of Orange, were both pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Rodney Price.

The driver of the Kenworth, a 33-year-old male from Louisiana, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries.  His name will not be released until the next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the Isuzu, 53-year-old John Duffy of Beaumont, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

At this time, two westbound lanes of Interstate 10 are open to traffic.  Only one eastbound traffic lane of Interstate 10 is open to traffic.  There is no time estimation as to when all lanes of the Interstate will reopen.  Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in the area and to slow down for emergency vehicles.

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UPDATE: At 1:45 p.m., two westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 reopened to traffic.  

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All eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 are closed, and motorists are urged to find alternate travel routes after a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Vidor in Orange County.  The crash occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety reported, near mile marker 858.

An Isuzu flatbed truck was traveling westbound in the inside lane of Interstate 10.  The Isuzu began to slow down due to upcoming traffic.  As the Isuzu slowed down, it was rear-ended by a Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer. The driver of the Kenworth lost control, traveled over the concrete divider into the eastbound traffic lanes and collided head-on with a Ford pickup truck. 

The driver of the Kenworth was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Isuzu received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The driver and the passenger of the Ford pickup truck were pronounced deceased at the scene.

All information is preliminary and this continues to be an active crash scene.

— Texas DPS

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