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DPS investigating after 3 dump trucks collide in wreck along Hwy 365 north of I-10

The crash caused diesel fuel to spill out onto the roadway closing all lanes of 365 for hours.

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a crash closed all northbound and southbound lanes of FM 365 for hours Thursday.

According to DPS, the report came in at 2:15 p.m. of a multi-vehicle crash on F 365 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred just 5 miles North of I-10 and involved 3 dump trucks.

Early reports indicate that a Mack dump trucks was pulling out from a private driveway, failed to yield the right of way and pulled out into the path of a 1989 International dump truck that was traveling southbound on FM 365. Both dump trucks collided and traveled into the northbound traffic lanes where a second collision occurred with a third dump truck.

One of the crashes caused diesel fuel to spill out onto the roadway. HazMat teams responded to the scene for clean up.

The driver of the Mack dump truck, 50-year-old Darrell Sonnier of Nome, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital. His injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The driver of the 1989 International dump truck, 46-year-old Donald Sterling of Kountze, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the third dump truck, 60-year-old Richard Martel of Winnie, was not injured.

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

At approximately 2:15p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on FM 365 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred approximately five (5) miles North of Interstate 10 and involved three (3) commercial motor vehicles.

Preliminary reports indicate that one of the dump trucks was pulling out from a private driveway, failed to yield the right of way and pulled out into the path of a second dump truck that was traveling southbound on FM 365. Both dump trucks collided and traveled into the northbound traffic lanes where a second collision occurred with a third dump truck.

During the first and second collisions, the fuel tanks were impacted spilling diesel fuel onto the roadway. At this time, HazMat teams are in route to clean the diesel fuel spills from the roadway.

There are reports of injuries; however, the extent of those injuries have not been confirmed.

At this time, all northbound and southbound traffic lanes of FM 365 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.

Additional details will be released as information is confirmed with on-scene investigators.