Southeast Texas man killed in wreck that shut down westbound IH-10 west of Beaumont

The multi-vehicle wreck happened near Gator Country according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safely.

BEAUMONT — A Southeast Texas man was killed in a wreck that shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 just west of Beaumont Tuesday morning.

The multi-vehicle wreck, that killed Tyler Hryhorchuk, a 20-year-old man from Orange, happened near Gator Country, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safely.

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Hryhorchuk was the driver of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that rear-ended an 18 wheeler. He was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson at the crash scene.

The road will remain closed for an unknown amount of time, according to DPS.

Not long after the wreck, another wreck happened less than a mile away in the eastbound lanes of the interstate at mile maker 837 and shut down the eastbound lanes according to DPS.

In that wreck, a small car rear-ended an 18-wheeler and caught fire.

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From a Texas Department of Public Safety news release...

At approximately 11:00a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred near Gator Country.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2011 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 followed by a 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. For an unknown reason, the driver of the 18-wheeler stopped in the inside traffic lane and was rear-ended by the Toyota pickup truck. The driver of the Toyota was ejected from his vehicle.

The driver of the Toyota, a 20-year-old male from Orange, Texas, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson at the crash scene. His name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 55-year-old male from Florida, was not injured in the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this fatal crash.

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At this time, all westbound traffic lanes are closed. There is no time estimation as to when the roadway will reopen to traffic. Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route. Expect delays.

There are no additional details available at this time.