UPDATE: Victim in fatal crash in Hardin County identified


    The deceased victim from the crash on SH 326 has been identified as 55-year-old Wesley Coe of Beaumont. Wesley Coe was the front passenger in the Chevrolet pickup truck. Coe was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Jackie Werner at the crash scene.

    The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, 50-year-old Michael McCaleb, remains hospitalized.

    The driver of the Chevrolet, 69-year-old Gary Coe of Beaumont, and a passenger, Rick Coe, 62, of Beaumont, were both taken to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. Both remain hospitalized.

    All three occupants in the Chevrolet pickup truck were related to each other.

    This fatal crash remains under investigation and there are no additional details to be released.

    BREAKING NEWS: Investigators are confirming a 55-year-old man from Beaumont died and two other people were injured in a head-on collision involving two pickup trucks at 5:00 p.m. Thursday on SH 326, about two miles south of Kountze in Hardin County.

    Initial reports indicate the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling north on SH 326. The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling south, when, for an unknown reason, the driver of the Dodge crossed the center diving line and collided head-on with the Chevy pickup truck, according to DPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

    The driver of the Dodge, a 50-year-old man from Kountze, was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth with serious injuries.

    The driver of the Chevrolet, a 69-year-old Beaumont man, and one of his passengers, were both transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS with serious injuries.

    The second passenger of the Chevrolet, a 55-year-old Beaumont man, died at the scene. His name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

    All information is preliminary as Troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to the fatal crash.

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