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Beaumont man dies in collision

Staff report

A Beaumont man was killed and two drivers were injured following a head-on wreck in Hardin County.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it received a report around 5 p.m. Thursday of a head-on collision on State Highway 326 two miles south of Kountze, in Hardin County.

DPS said that according to initial reports, a Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling north on SH 326 and a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling south when, for an unknown reason, the driver of the Dodge crossed the center driving line and collided head-on with the Chevrolet pickup truck.

The driver of the Dodge, a 50-year-old male from Kountze, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 69-year-old Beaumont man, and one of his passengers were both transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner pronounced the second passenger of the Chevrolet, a 55-year-old Beaumont man, dead at the scene. His name will not be released until next of kin had been notified.

All information is preliminary as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash, DPS said in an issued statement.