One person is confirmed dead and three others seriously injured after a fatal I-10 truck crash halted the flow of traffic.
The crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 near TX 62 in Orange County. Another truck driver, Keith Wilkes, witnessed the crash. He was driving behind the tractor-trailer when he noticed traffic stopped up ahead. The big rig did not hit the brakes before swerving into the median to avoid hitting the stopped vehicles. The truck hit a concrete divider causing the 18-wheeler to dislodge from the truck’s trailer and catch fire. It turned a full 360 degrees before crashing and exploding.
Wilkes called it the worst accident he’s ever seen. The most traumatizing part of the accident was watching the passenger of the 18-wheeler escape the burning cabin still engulfed in flames. He and other drivers immediately helped put the fire out.
The truck driver killed in the crash was identified as Robert William McElveen, 53, from Elmendorf. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. He was working alongside Robert Adam Doiron, 29 from San Antonio. Doiron is in critical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch burn center.
The passengers in the other vehicle that was struck were also injured. Both Joseph Knockum, 61, and Rhonda Knockum, 62, are from Louisiana. They were also taken to the hospital for treatment.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. McElveen. We also extend our best wishes for a full recovery to his passenger, Mr. Doiron, and the two other motorists injured in the crash, Mr. and Ms. Knockum.