Brandon Rogers Killed, Lottie Suzan Odom Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-10 near Goodyear in Beaumont, TX
UPDATE (May 19, 2023): Information released by authorities identified one of the victims seriously hurt in the crash as 72-year-old Lottie Suzan Odom. It was said that Odom was the driver of the vehicle in which Brandon Rogers was a passenger. While initial details indicated three people were seriously injured, there are no details about other victims available at this time. Authorities list the 18-wheeler's failure to control speed as an alleged contributing factor. They have yet to confirm additional details.
UPDATE (April 18, 2023): Recent information from authorities identified the man killed in the crash as 48-year-old Brandon Rogers. Details also say that DPS officials believe an 18-wheeler failed to control speed and crashed into slowed traffic. It's unclear at this time if there are pending charges or citations.
Beaumont, TX — April 15, 2023, one person was killed and three were injured due to an accident where multiple vehicles crashed along the interstate.
Initial details about the crash say that it happened at around 5:45 p.m. in the area of eastbound I-10 near the Goodyear Plant, southwest of the city. Details about the crash are not clear at this time.
The crash apparently involved roughly nine vehicles, one of which was an 18-wheeler. Footage from the scene shows at least one vehicle wedged between the 18-wheeler and the concrete barrier. A pickup can also be seen on top of the front of the semi.
Due to the crash, at least one person was killed. Three others were said to have serious injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt.
While it isn't exactly unusual to not know all the facts immediately after a crash this chaotic, it's a little concerning that the Monday news cycle still has yet to give more information about what went wrong here. Vehicles surrounding and even partially on top of a semi-truck with serious damage raises some familiar and concerning red flags. A lot of pile-ups like this involve drivers failing to slow down for traffic. Maybe something less common happened here, but that's all going to depend on more thorough investigations. Have authorities at least been working behind the scenes to get answers for the victims and families involved?