On Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4:50 p.m., Beaumont Police responded to a major vehicle accident in the 900 block of IH-10 East.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the truck tractor trailer was hauling hazardous chemicals when it lost control, causing the commercial vehicle to overturn and ignite into flames. Beaumont Police Traffic unit responded to take over the investigation. Judge Collins was notified and pronounced the driver deceased.

The driver was identified as Jose Flores, age 57 from Alvin, Texas. Both east and westbound lanes of traffic had to be rerouted for approximately 12 hours while Hazmat crews cleaned up the area. The investigation is still on-going.