Darius Blue, Lee Andrus Thomas Injured in Truck Accident on I-10 in Chambers County, TX
UPDATE (March 15, 2023): According to authorities, the other man injured in the crash was 30-year-old Darius Devon Blue. Details surrounding the crash are still under investigation.
Chambers County, TX -- February 10, 2023, Lee Andrus Thomas and a Beaumont man were injured after a semi-truck accident on I-10.
Authorities said that the crash happened at around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 804 of eastbound lanes. It appears that a 30-year-old Beaumont man was in a Ford Mustang along I-10. It and a Chevy Cruze driven by Lee Andrus Thomas were disabled in lanes of travel due to a prior crash. While there, a semi-truck hit both vehicles.
The Beaumont man had incapacitating injuries while Thomas's injuries weren't specified, according to information from officials. Right now, additional details are unavailable. One that would have been very helpful for authorities to include would be visibility at the time of the wreck. Should the truck driver have been able to see and avoid the collision? Or was it simply unavoidable?
I've seen plenty of examples both ways. If vehicles on a dark road don't have emergency lights on, are turned perpendicular to approaching vehicles, or are otherwise too difficult to see, the most attentive truck driver in the world might not be able to avoid hitting them.
However, there are many situations like one I handled not long ago where the crash was completely avoidable. In that example, the truck driver said it was just too dark to see. Unfortunately for him, we got a judge to give an order for them to turn over video evidence from the truck, and was clear as day the victim's vehicle had its emergency lights on. The truck driver was just too busy watching videos on his tablet to notice.
Whatever happened here, the current information given to the public is far from telling the whole story. My hope is authorities have been more thorough behind the scenes so the victims are able to adequately tell their side of the story.