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UPDATED - DPS releases details about fiery head-on crash near Burkeville - KJAS.COM: Local News

UPDATED - DPS releases details about fiery head-on crash near Burkeville

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:15 pm | Updated: 4:20 pm, Wed Oct 10, 2018.

UPDATED STORY

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released new details following an early Tuesday evening fiery head-on collision in northeast Newton County that left three people injured - two of which critically. It happened at about 7:30 on Highway 63, just west of Burkeville.

According to Sergeant Stephanie Davis, a 2008 Chevrolet passenger vehicle was westbound, while a 2019 Toyota Corolla was eastbound. Davis said the driver of the Chevrolet attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota.

Davis identified the driver of the Chevrolet as 20-year-old Courtney Jones, and her passenger was 22-year-old Keshaunt Quattllebaum, both of whom were Army soldiers from nearby Fort Polk. Both were transported to Jasper Memorial hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Davis said the driver of the Toyota was 31-year-old Elosia Insua, of Minnesota, and she was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with serious injuries.

Burkeville Fire Chief Charles Duckworth said that he and other emergency responders arrived to find both cars off of the highway, and the Chevrolet was on fire. Duckworth said all three people were already out of the vehicles.

ORIGINAL STORY

Burkeville Fire Chief Charles Duckworth says a fiery head-on collision has left three people injured - two of which are in critical condition. It happened at about 7:30 Tuesday evening on Highway 63, just west of Burkeville.

Rain had been falling throughout the late afternoon and evening and the highway was wet. However, there's no official word on whether weather was a factor in the crash.

According to Duckworth, two male soldiers from Fort Polk were traveling eastbound in a Chevrolet 4-door sedan when they crossed the center line and collided with a westbound car, driven by a woman from Louisiana.

Firefighters and other emergency responders arrived to find both cars off of the highway, and the Chevrolet was on fire. Duckworth said all three people were already out of the vehicles.

According to Duckworth, the woman and one of the soldiers had head injuries and broken bones, while the second soldier had significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

No details have been released from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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