1 dead, 1 critically injured in crash on US 90 west of Liberty

Trooper Austin Gillham and Liberty Police Sgt. Joel Davila try to sort out what caused a major, four-vehicle accident that killed one person around 4 p.m. Thursday on US 90 west of Liberty.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

An elderly man was killed Thursday in a four-vehicle accident on US 90 in the river bottom between Liberty and Dayton. The accident happened around 4 p.m. just inside the Liberty city limits west of the Trinity River bridge.

The elderly man and one passenger were traveling in the right-hand lane of the eastbound traffic on US 90 when, for unknown reasons, he veered left into the other eastbound lane, crossed the median and traveled into the path of oncoming traffic.

Roy Hopson, of Coldspring, who was traveling eastbound behind the blue pickup truck, said the blue truck gradually pulled into the left-hand eastbound lane before crossing the median and setting off a chain reaction of crashes.

The deceased man’s vehicle, which has Louisiana plates, was struck by two 18-wheelers and a large van used for medical imaging systems. Despite life-saving efforts performed on the man at the scene, he succumbed to his injuries. His female passenger was taken to Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, Liberty Police Lt. Chip Fairchild said.

The driver of the blue pickup died from injuries he received in a major, four-vehicle crash on US 90 west of Liberty around 4 p.m. Thursday. The driver was heading eastbound when he cut across both eastbound lanes, across the median and into the westbound lanes. His passenger was taken to Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center for treatment. Another driver was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with critical injuries.

The driver of the imaging van was critically injured and was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Two passengers inside the medical van were transported by ground ambulance to Liberty-Dayton RMC with non-life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of both 18-wheelers were uninjured and refused treatment at the scene.

The westbound lane of US 90 was at a standstill following the accident and remains closed as of 6:30 p.m. Fairchild said that motorists should seek other routes or expect at least another hour or two of delays.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting Liberty Police Department with imaging of the scene, which will help in the investigation.

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