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DPS Update 10 p.m.: Driver of 18-wheeler killed in I-10 crash in Orange County
UPDATE 10 p.m. Tuesday from DPS:

Interstate 10 in Orange County is still closed in both directions.  Information will be released once the Interstate reopens.

According to the preliminary investigation, all eastbound traffic on the Interstate was stopped due to an earlier crash in Louisiana.  The driver of the18-wheeler was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in the outside (slow) traffic lane.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the 18-wheeler failed to see the stopped traffic. To avoid striking the vehicle in front, the driver veered into the inside (fast) traffic lane and struck a passenger vehicle. The 18-wheeler then struck the concrete divider which caused the truck tractor to catch fire and the trailer to become dislodged.  The trailer went over the concrete divider and landed in the westbound lanes of the Interstate. The truck tractor subsequently struck another passenger vehicle before becoming engulfed in flames.

At this time, DPS can confirm that the driver of the 18-wheeler was killed and the passenger was severely burned.  The injuries to the other drivers cannot be confirmed.  The name of deceased and the names of injured will not be released until the next-of-kin have been notified.

There is no further information.

Trooper Davis

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. from DPS:

At this time, Troopers are still conducting the fatal crash investigation on Interstate 10 near Highway 62 in Orange County.

Due to the extensive crash scene, Troopers expect both westbound and eastbound lanes of IH10 to remain closed for an additional 3 hours.  This means that the Interstate will likely remain closed until 11pm.

There is no further information about the crash to be released at this time.

Trooper Davis


UPDATE 5:37 p.m. from DPS:  The preliminary investigation confirms that three (3) vehicles are involved in the crash.  The vehicles are a Truck Tractor Semi-trailer and 2 passenger vehicles.

DPS can confirm that one person has been killed in the crash, one severely burned and several others injured.

This is now a fatal crash investigation and long traffic delays are expected.

Information about specific details of this crash will be released when the investigation is complete and family members have been notified.

Trooper Davis

From DPS at 5:16 p.m.:

At approximately 4:30 pm, there was a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Highway 62 in Orange County.

Currently, both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Highway 62 are closed.  All traffic is being diverted onto the feeder roads. This crash investigation is in the preliminary stages and lane closures are expected for another 3-4 hours.

Motorists should expect long delays and drive cautiously through the area.

Information will be provided as it becomes available.

Trooper Davis

UPDATE from DPS at 5:08 p.m.: Due to an 18-wheeler on fire, all lanes of IH10, east and westbound, are currently closed near SH62. DPS is rerouting traffic to the frontage roads.

A vehicle fire has halted traffic at I-10 near Highway 62 in Orange County. Expect delays. We will keep you updated.

Crash kills driver on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish
UPDATE - PRESS RELEASE from the Calcasieu Parish Fatal Crash
Calcasieu Parish - On September 2, 2014, at 8:10 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 Eastbound about 2 1/2 miles from the Texas state line.  The crash involved two large trucks and claimed the life of one of the drivers.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an 18-wheeler driven by 25-year-old Adrian T. Desmeuchet of Stafford, TX was traveling east on Interstate 10 in the right lane when his trailer was struck from behind by a second truck.  The second truck was heavily damaged and caught on fire.  The driver of the second truck was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.  The driver's identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.  Demeuchet was not injured.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers.  The crash remains under investigation.
Interstate 10 Eastbound was closed at the crash location for 2 hours and 20 minutes until the left lane could safely be opened. The right lane remained closed for an additional 41/2 hours for cleanup and investigation.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, inattentive and distracted driving continues to be a factor in many of the crashes that occur in our state.  Information on distracted driving may be found online at

Troop D has investigated 9 fatal crashes resulting in 9 deaths this year.

Former Crystal Beach fire chief booked and released following indictments

GALVESTON COUNTY - The former Crystal Beach fire chief was booked and released Tuesday after posting bond on charges of Theft and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office reports David Loop, 56, surrendered Tuesday morning at the Sheriff's Office.

The grand jury indicted Loop last week on charges of Theft by a Public Servant, a 2nd degree felony, and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, a 3rd degree felony.

The indictments are the result of a 9 month investigation by Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation  Detectives, the District Attorney's Fraud Examiner and the Public Integity Prosecutor.

According to sheriff's investigators, Loop is accused of using the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department's credit card at a Louisiana race track and casino in the amount of more than $25,000.00. Investigators also say he's accused of misappropriating more than $45,000.00 of the department's money. 

Loop's bonds are $10,000.00 for the Theft charge and $5,000.00 for the Misapplication of Fiduciary Property charge.

Fatal accident backs up traffic on I-10 near state line in Louisiana

TEXAS/LOUISIANA STATE LINE - A fatal accident is backing up traffic in Texas near the state line in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police are reporting the driver of a rental truck ran into an 18 wheeler at about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Eastbound IH-10 at mile marker 2.

The right-hand lane remained closed late into the morning. Investigators aren't sure when it'll reopen. The left lane is open. Traffic is backed up into Texas.


Oil and gas well blowout in Tyler County

TYLER COUNTY - First responders are working an oil and gas well blowout near Dam B in Tyler County.

Dale Freeman, the Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator, says a company was putting together some equipment for drilling an oil and gas well for another company when it blew out at about 1 a.m. Monday, about seven miles north of Highway 190, north of Dam B.

Natural gas was released and oil began leaking into the Tamplin Creek. They called a clean-up crew that captured all of the oil that went down the creek.

There were no injuries. Workers were evacuated from the scene.

There is still oil and natural gas coming out of the well. Workers are containing the oil before it flows into the creek.

There is a safety zone, a quarter to half mile away. No residents live in that area.


ATV accident kills man in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in an ATV accident.

Deputies say they received a 911 call shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday August 30 reporting an accident at the private Sabine ATV Park in Burkeville. 

Chief Cynthia Hall and Officer Joshua Beckman responded to the call along with EMS.  They found a 22 year old man who was unresponsive. Toi Calvin Warren, 22, of Louisiana, died at the scene.

Justice of the Peace Connie Smith pronounced him dead.


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