ORANGE, Texas — A 24-year-old Beaumont man was killed late Tuesday night in a fiery wreck along Interstate 10 in Orange when his car was hit by an 18-wheeler.
Nicholas Alan Blanchette was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Rodney Price according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.
The wreck which happened at about 10:15 p.m. on the interstate near FM 1136 forced the eastbound lanes to be closed until just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Blanchette's 2008 Honda was stalled in the outside lane with no lights when it was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler the release said.
Both the cab of the 18-wheeler and the Blanchette's Honda were engulfed in flames after impact the release said.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured according to the release.
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From a Texas Department of Public Safety news release...
On March 5, 2019, at approximately 10:15p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near FM 1136, in Orange County. The crash occurred in the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 and involved a commercial motor vehicle.
Initial reports indicate that a 2008 Honda passenger vehicle was stalled in the outside traffic lane of Interstate 10 when it was rear-ended by a truck tractor semi-trailer. Upon impact, both vehicles were engulfed in flames.
At the time of the crash, the Honda's lighting system was not operational.
The driver of the Honda, 24-year-old Nicholas Alan Blanchette of Beaumont, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Rodney Price at the crash scene.
The driver of the 18-wheeler did not sustain any injuries.
All eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 were closed for more than nine (9) hours, but have since reopened.
All information is preliminary as Troopers investigate the factors that contributed to this fatal crash.
There are no additional details available at this time.