UPDATE: Female driver killed following 2-vehicle crash Thursday in Port Arthur
One person is dead and another was sent to a hospital following a two-vehicle traffic crash near the 9000 block of Memorial Boulevard on Thursday.
Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said the call came in at approximately 2:4o p.m. from the 9000 block of U.S. 69 .
The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin, authorities said.
Traffic was backed up for blocks along northbound Memorial Boulevard as PAPD officers diverted traffic to the feeder road.
In one area motorists exited in the wrong direction onto the feeder road near the 7600 block of Memorial Boulevard.
The Advanced Accident Investigation Team and detectives with PAPD were called to the scene, Duriso said.
On arrival, officers discovered a female driver was deceased as a result of her injuries. A passenger in the same vehicle with the victim was injured, as well, and taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.
Justice of the Peace Marc DeRouen arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy.
Separate I-10 crash
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate-10 in Jefferson County near mile marker 845 and involved a commercial motor vehicle.
The initial crash investigation indicates an 18-wheeler was traveling eastbound on IH-10. For an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled off the road and rolled onto its side. There were no reported injuries.
At this time, the outside traffic lane is closed. However, wrecker crews will need to shutdown all eastbound traffic lanes for approximately an hour to safely remove the 18-wheeler.
Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in the area and stay alert for stopped or slow moving traffic.
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