Two people fall off bridge over guardrail in fatal accident

Two people fall off bridge over guardrail in fatal accident

The Beaumont Police Department reports one person is dead and another injured after a fatal accident at the bridge in the 8200 block of Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. According to BPD Sgt. James Cody Guedry, both victims fell over a guardrail at the top of the overpass while attempting to change a flat tire

BPD officers responded to a car accident directly on top of the overpass at approximately 1:42 p.m. on May 16. During the early stages of the investigation, officers reportedly discovered that a citizen had a flat tire and pulled over to the side of the roadway in an attempt to change it. Several other vehicles stopped and occupants from the other cars attempted to help change the tire. That is when another vehicle lost control, striking the rear of one of the parked vehicles.

At the time of the accident, two victims were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital with serious injuries after falling over the guardrail during the accident. The female victim, identified as 56-year-old Linda Renfro of Beaumont, died as a result of her injuries. The male victim was alert and listed in stable condition May 16.

BPD suggests motorists find a safe location away from traffic when changing a flat tire.

"Please keep the Renfro family in your thoughts and prayers," said Guedry.