Sunday, October 2, 2016

Three dead, one seriously injured when a white Ford F-350 and a black Chrysler 300 collide and catch fire in Beaumont, Texas

BEAUMONT, TEXAS — Update 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 016 from BPD:

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:06 AM, officers responded to a major crash in the 5700 block of S MLK PKWY. Upon arrival two vehicles, a white Ford F-350 and a black Chrysler 300 were on fire. Officers used fire extinguishers from their patrol units until the fire department arrived on scene and extinguished the flames. Three people were deceased, two from the Chrysler and one from the truck. Another occupant from the truck was transported to a Houston hospital in serious condition.

Due to the number of fatalities and type of the scene, there will be no additional information today. Investigators are working with witnesses and trying to notify next of kin.

Previous KFDM and Six News on Fox update: Authorities say a third person has died tonight from injuries suffered in a crash on MLK and Cardinal in Beaumont, according to Beaumont Fire-Rescue Capt. Brad Pennison.

Investigators are still scene of the crash tonight.

Previous KFDM and Six News on Fox update: A second person has died tonight in a fiery crash in the 5700 block of MLK. First responders are still at the scene tonight.

The crash happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Stay with KFDM News for additional updates tonight.

Initial KFDM and Six New on Fox report below:

Breaking News: Right now first responders are at the scene of a deadly and fiery crash in the 5700 block of MLK.

One person has died at the scene and another has been transported to the hospital, according to a Beaumont Fire-Rescue dispatcher. Vehicles are on fire, and first responders are working now to put out the fire. 

Witnesses on the scene say the pickup truck was stolen but officers have not confirmed that information.

More information as it becomes available.

Crashes like this in the a.m. hours and especially around weekend are typically caused by drunk drivers. Texas leads the nation in traffic deaths and has the highest traffic death rate.