Wreck shuts down Rainbow Bridge heading into Port Arthur

BRIDGE CITY - The Rainbow Bridge is still closed following a multi-car accident this afternoon. Sargent Stephanie Davis of Texas DPS said the bridge will remain closed as debris is cleared from the roadway. According to a release the driver of the 18-wheeler, Fredrick Gens, 59, of Winnie, was issued a traffic citation for failure to control speed.

Only minor injuries were reported.

Officials estimate that the bridge will re-open around midnight. 

PRESS RELEASE |

At approximately 4:00p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on the Rainbow Bridge in Orange County.

Preliminary reports indicate that a utility truck was traveling westbound in the inside lane on the Rainbow Bridge (SH 73) followed by a Ford pickup truck.  A Kia passenger vehicle was also traveling westbound in the outside lane on the Rainbow Bridge followed by an Acura SUV.  As traffic slowed down ahead, all four vehicles began to slow down.  A truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound in the outside lane on the Rainbow Bridge and failed to notice the slow moving traffic.  Once the driver of the 18- wheeler noticed the traffic, he veered to the left and rear-ended the Ford pickup truck.  The momentum of the collision caused the Ford pickup to rear-end the utility vehicle and the 18-wheeler then struck the Kia passenger vehicle.  The trailer of the 18-wheeler swung around and pinned the Acura SUV underneath the trailer.

The driver of the Acura was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas with minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck was taken to an area hospital by personnel vehicle.

The drivers of the utility vehicle, the Kia and the 18-wheeler did not report any injuries.

At this time, the Rainbow Bridge remains closed as crews work to remove the cargo from the wrecked 18-wheeler.  There are no estimates as to when the roadway will reopen.  Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route. Expect delays.

All information is preliminary and further details will be released as information is confirmed.

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