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One dead in Jefferson County accident

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson has identified a man killed in an accident Tuesday morning as Cuong Nguyen, 28, of Beaumont.

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. on West Port Arthur Road at South Garden Road in Jefferson County. This is in front of Live Oak Memorial Park.

According to the DPS spokesperson, a Toyota Pickup and a Triangle Waste Solutions garbage truck struck head-on. The trash truck was going northbound on West Port Arthur Road in the inside (left) lane. The Toyota truck was going southbound on West Port Arthur Road in the inside (left) lane. The driver of the Toyota drifted into the northbound traffic lane and struck the trash truck head-on.

DPS trooper Corporal Crawford said it is believed that the driver of the pickup fell asleep at the wheel.

The passenger in the Toyota truck, Cuong Nguyen, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Marc DeRouen

The driver of the Toyota, Canh Nguyen, 22, of Beaumont, was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont with non life-threatening injuries. Cuong and Canh were brothers. The driver of the trash truck, Donald Winfrey, 55, of Beaumont, was taken to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas with non life-threatening injuries.

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