Two-vehicle crash on FM 92 in Hardin Co. shuts down roadway

Two-vehicle crash on FM 92 in Hardin Co. shuts down roadway

At approximately 4:30 a.m., on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, there was a two-vehicle crash on FM 92 at Gore Store Road between Fred and Silsbee in Hardin County. The crash involved a passenger vehicle and a truck tractor semi-trailer.

According to a press release, the 18-wheeler was northbound on FM 92 near Gore Store Road and the passenger vehicle, a Saturn, was southbound on FM 92. The driver of the Saturn crossed the center stripe into the northbound traffic lane, striking the 18-wheeler head-on. Upon collision, the saddle bag on the driver-side of the 18-wheeler was dislodged and spilled diesel on the roadway. The 18-wheeler continued down the roadway for about 200 yards before coming to rest on private property. In the process of trying to stop the truck tractor semi-trailer, the second saddle bag became dislodged and spilled diesel fuel in a ditch. It is believed that about 120 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway and in the ditch near the crash scene.

At this time, FM 92 near Gore Store Road is closed in both directions. The Texas Department of Transportation has a Haz-Mat crew on scene removing the diesel from the roadway and other areas affected by the spill. At this time, there is no time frame for how long this cleanup will last. Motorists are urged to find alternate routes and avoid the area of FM 92 and Gore Store Road in Hardin County.

The 23-year-old male driver of the Saturn, identified as Hardikkumar Shrumali of Beaumont, was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth hospital and is currently in surgery. The 45-year-old driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as George Brown of Silsbee, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be released.

This is an ongoing crash investigation and there are no further details to be released at this time.