Officials identify man killed Monday in semi-truck crash on U.S. 290


5:25 p.m. update: Texas Department of Public Safety officials identified 42-year-old Pascual Rueda-Orozco of Houston as the man killed Monday morning in a semi-truck collision on U.S. 290.

Rueda-Orozco was driving a seafood truck westbound on U.S. 290 in Paige, near the Bastrop and Lee county line, when he veered into the eastbound lane and hit an aluminum tanker head-on.

The driver in the tanker, 63-year-old Jerry Eugene Brown of Smithville, was airlifted to University Medical Center Brackenridge with unknown injuries.

Rueda-Orozco was pronounced dead on the scene.

The highway was closed in both directions several hours Monday morning as troopers investigated the crash. It has since reopened.

9:00 a.m. update: One person is dead after two semi-trucks collided Monday morning on U.S. 290 in Paige, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

A second person was taken by STAR Flight to University Medical Center Brackenridge with unknown injuries, DPS said.

The crash occurred at 5 a.m. Monday at Milepost 632 on the Bastrop and Lee County line. An 18-wheeler carrying seafood was traveling westbound on U.S. 290 and veered into the eastbound lanes for unknown reasons, striking an aluminum tanker head-on. The driver of the seafood truck died. The second driver in the aluminum tanker was taken to the hospital with injuries.

One lane of westbound U.S. 290 is currently open to traffic, and a single lane on the eastbound side should be open soon, DPS Sgt. Robbie Barrerra said. She suggested anyone driving in the area take an alternate route.

8:50 a.m. update: Officials with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office confirmed one fatality in the 18-wheeler crash that shut down U.S. 290 in Paige Monday morning.

The department could not provide specific details about the person who died.

All eastbound lanes of the highway near the Bastrop and Lee county line are still closed as troopers investigate. The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said one westbound lane was open to traffic.

8:45 a.m. update: One westbound lane of U.S. 290 in Paige has reopened after an 18-wheeler collision Monday morning, the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said.

Eastbound lanes are still closed and being diverted, according to officials.

Earlier: Both sides of U.S. 290 in Paige are closed Monday morning after two 18-wheelers collided on the roadway around 5 a.m.., Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

The head-on crash occurred east of FM 2104 near the Bastrop and Lee county line. A DPS spokesperson did not have information about what caused the collision. He said there were injuries but did not have immediate details to provide.

Drivers should expect significant delays in the area.


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