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A person has died in rollover crash on Cardinal Drive and Jimmy Simmons Boulevard in Beaumont

Patrol Officers and Investigators from our Traffic Unit are currently on the scene of a fatal crash on Hwy 69 near Highland Avenue.

At about 11:08 pm, our 911 Communications Center received a call advising of a one-vehicle crash.  When officers arrived, they found one person deceased at the scene.

At this early point in the investigation, it appears that the vehicle was westbound on Highway 69 when it left the roadway for some undetermined reason.  The vehicle struck the cable barrier and flipped into the eastbound lanes of traffic.

Officers have had to close the eastbound lanes of traffic and are diverting motorist off the highway at the Highland Avenue Exit.  The eastbound lanes of traffic will be closed for an undetermined amount of time while officers investigate the crash.  We urge motorists to find alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.

We will issue further updates as they become available.

Initial report below:

BREAKING NEWS : Beaumont emergency responders are working a major crash on Cardinal Drive near Jimmy Simmons Boulevard.
It happened at about 11 p.m. Thursday. Our photojournalist Chip Fields is on the way to the scene. Stay with us for updates.

Breaking News: Major crash on Cardinal Drive (Hwy 69) & Jimmy Simmons Blvd
BREAKING NEWS: Beaumont emergency responders are working a major crash on Cardinal Drive near Jimmy Simmons Boulevard. Our photojournalist Chip Fields is on the way to the scene. Stay with us for updates.

Gas prices increase in Beaumont, across state

BEAUMONT- The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $2.13 in Beaumont, up from $2.07 one week ago. At this time one year ago the average was $3.15. The record high in Beaumont was $4 in July 2008.

From AAA Texas - Texans are now paying an average of $2.17 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That’s six cents more than last week but $1.05 less than last year.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are paying the most on average at $2.22 per gallon while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.12 per gallon.  The statewide average is 17 cents less than the national average of $2.34, which is seven cents more than one week ago.

Refineries are in the midst of conducting seasonal maintenance, a process that can limit fuel production and contribute to rising pump prices. In addition, there remains the potential for unexpected refinery problems to further impact production and cause temporary prices spikes in various regions.  Last week an explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance helped push up prices in California, while bitterly cold weather in the Northeast and Midwest led to a number of refinery problems in those areas.  Ample domestic supply is expected to keep a ceiling on prices, though there is a good chance that prices will continue to rise this spring.

“At the start of February drivers in 25 states enjoyed gas price averages below the $2 per gallon mark, but today just two states are paying below that threshold,” said AAA Texas New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Despite the increases we’ve seen recently, analysts say barring any major increases in global crude oil prices, averages at the pumps should remain below $3 per gallon across the state and country for the rest of this year.”

Authorities asking for help to catch Taco Bell robber
KFDM News - Investigators are asking for help in finding a man who robbed the Taco Bell in Winnie.

Chambers County deputies say on February 20 a man went inside a Taco Bell in Winnie at about 1:30 p.m. and ordered the least expensive item on the menu.

When the cashier opened the drawer the man stole money and left.

He was last seen driving a Chevrolet Cruze.

Contact the Chambers County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers at 833-TIPS if you have information about the robbery.

Rollover accident reported on FM 1442 in Bridge City
BRIDGE CITY -- An elderly woman has been transported to CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth after a single vehicle rollover accident on FM 1442 near the Bridgefield Addition.The white four-door Hyundai ran off the road for unknown reasons.

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