Accident Claims Two From Orange

At approximately 12:15p.m. Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near Vidor, in Orange County.  The crash occurred near mile marker 858.

An Isuzu flatbed truck was traveling westbound in the inside lane of Interstate 10.  A Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer towing construction equipment was also traveling westbound on the Interstate behind the Isuzu truck.  The driver of the Isuzu reduced his speed for slowing traffic.  As the Isuzu slowed, it was rear-ended by the Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer.  After striking the Isuzu truck, the driver of the Kenworth lost control, traveled across the concrete divider into the eastbound traffic lanes and collided head-on with a Ford pickup truck.

The driver, 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.




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