BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence - The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of a pickup truck driver killed when traveled the wrong way on Interstate 10 and was hit head-on by a tractor trailer.
Billy Wayne Hight, 22, of Vidor, died in the crash at about 2:15 a.m. Friday on I-10 West at the base of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu.
The driver of a 2008 Volvo truck tractor, Danny Bell, 61, of Houston was hurt. He was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth with minor injuries and was released.
According to the DPS, Bell was traveling west in the center lane of I-10 West. Hight was traveling east in the westbound lanes of his 1993 GMC pickup truck when he was struck by the 18 wheeler. Diesel began leaking from the tractor trailer.
All east and westbound lanes were closed. Eastbound lanes reopened at about 9 a.m. Westbound lanes reopened at 11:15 a.m. The DPS is trying to determine why Hight was traveling the wrong way on I-10.
DPS identifies victim of fatal crash near bridge
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