Vehicle catches fire in rollover accident


Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis reports one man was injured in a rollover accident this afternoon, Feb. 4.

According to a news release, DPS received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 73 just west of Taylor’s Bayou at about 12:30 p.m. The initial report stated that the vehicle was on fire.

Investigators determined that a construction crew was working in the eastbound lanes of Highway 73, placing cones in the inside lane, when their vehicle was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 73 in the outside traffic lane. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Ford pickup changed lanes, striking the construction crew’s vehicle. Upon impact, the Ford pickup truck rolled over and caught fire. The fire was immediately extinguished by the construction workers.

The driver of the Ford, Guadalupe Beas, 43, of Houston, was transported to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. No construction workers reported injuries. 

The crash is still under investigation.