By Chris Edwards
DAM B – A three-vehicle wreck that occurred on Sunday evening on the Dam B bridge resulted in injuries of three people.
The crash involved an 18-wheeled tractor trailer truck and two passenger cars, according to a report from the Beech Grove Volunteer Fire Department (BGVFD). Personnel from BGVFD were called to assist the Dam B Volunteer Fire Department and several other agencies that were on the scene of the crash, which occurred at 8:56 p.m.
The crash occurred on the two-lane section of the highway, and according to the report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), one of the vehicles, a 2015 Toyota car, was headed west at the same time the Mack tractor trailer truck was headed east, followed by a 2009 Lexus automobile.
From the DPS report, it is believed at this point that the Toyota crossed over into the oncoming traffic lane and struck the trailer, which caused it to strike the superstructure of the bridge.
The driver of the Toyota, identified as 30-year-old Raven Williams, of Beaumont, was taken via PHI Air Medical Med 11 helicopter to a Conroe hospital, where, at press time, she was still undergoing treatment.
All of the injured persons on the scene were treated by Allegiance Mobile Health and Allegiance Mobile Health – Jasper EMS.
The driver of the trucks, 39-year-old Douglas Lee, of Vidor and the driver of the Lexus, 23-year-old Damarcus Rawls, of Jasper, were treated at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital.
Firemen said that if Lee had not had a seat belt on, he would have most likely fallen out of the truck and into the river. They said the door had been torn off the rig when it came to a stop on top of the bridge railing.
The stretch of US 190 remained closed for 2.5 hours to all traffic, east and westbound, and opened at 11:30 p.m.