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August 31, 2012

Interstate 10 eastbound lanes reopen after fatality crash

BEAUMONT — Texas Department of Transportation is reporting the eastbound lanes of I-10 are now open but the westbound lanes remain closed following a traffic fatality at the base of the Purple Heart Bridge on Friday.

Beaumont Police responded to the crash at about 2:14 a.m. Aug. 31 where they learned the driver of a GMC pickup truck was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of I-10 when the pickup collided head on with an 18-wheeler. Acadian Ambulance Service transported the driver of the 18-wheeler to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth emergency room for treatment of minor injuries, according to a press release from BPD.

Westbound I-10 will be completely shut down for several hours due to a diesel fuel leak from the 18-wheeler.

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