Semi-trailer accident closes westbound lanes of Interstate 10

Semi-trailer accident closes westbound lanes of Interstate 10

An accident involving a Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer and a passenger vehicle sent one man to the hospital and closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 early Sept. 16, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

According to Davis, the three-vehicle accident occurred at about 3:50 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 close to mile marker 858 near Rose City in Orange County. A Ford SUV was traveling westbound in the center lane of Interstate 10 near Rose City. The driver of the Ford told Troopers that he noticed a truck tractor semi-trailer quickly approaching his vehicle and moved into the inside traffic lane in an attempt to evade an accident. In spite of the Ford driver's efforts, the 18-wheeler struck the SUV in the rear panel. The impact of the collision caused the 18-wheeler to veer to the left, striking the inside guardrail. The truck tractor semi-trailer continued for several feet before colliding with a Chevrolet passenger vehicle in the inside lane of Interstate 10, said Davis.

Davis reports the driver of the Freightliner, Walter Helbert, 63, of Pennsylvania, was not injured. Likewise, the driver of the Ford SUV, Orlando Guerreo, 48, of Rio Grand City, and his three passengers were not injured in the crash. The driver of the Chevrolet passenger vehicle, 51-year-old Lyndon Johnson of Orange, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont for treatment of a broken hip.

Troopers issued Helbert a traffic citation for Failure to Control Speed.