orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 23, 2013

Outdoors Editor, father escape fiery crash

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — Two men from Orange County narrowly escaped severe injuries, or worse, following a three vehicle collision and fire.

Chester Moore Jr., Outdoors Editor for The Orange Leader, and his father, Chester Moore Sr., are both alive and well following a collision with a tractor truck and trailer and another car which resulted in the fire of the vehicle driven by Moore.

The wreck occurred at approximately 9:40 a.m., Sunday, April 21, in the westbound lane of Interstate 10 at mile marker 863, which is near FM 1132 in Vidor.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a crash earlier was forcing traffic to slow as it approached the FM 1132 overpass. The driver of the 2011 Hyundai, Binh Nguyen of Louisiana, was slowing down. This forced the Chevrolet truck, which was being driven by Chester Moore, Jr., to also slow down.

The DPS report states the driver of the 2007 Kenworth tractor truck, William Hunt of Pennsylvania, was unable to stop in time and struck the rear of Moore’s truck which forced his truck to “clip the rear” of the Hyundai. As a result of the collision, Moore’s truck caught fire and diesel fuel from the big rig leaked onto the roadway.

Both Moore and his father were transported to Baptist Hospital Orange. Nguyen was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Hunt was uninjured.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 10 reopened at approximately 1:15 p.m. after Hazmat crews removed fuel from the highway and wreckage had been removed.

“It all happened so quickly,” Moore said on Monday. “I saw traffic was slowing down and I remember looking in my mirror and seeing the 18 wheeler behind us. It was so close that I couldn’t even see the top of it in my mirror. Before I could even tell my dad to hold on, it had hit us.”

Moore and his father were traveling to Houston for a speaking engagement but did not make it out of Orange County because of the wreck. Moore knows he and his father are both very fortunate to have escaped with their lives.

“Fire is a great motivator,” Moore added on being able to get out of the truck alive. “That was our priority, just to get out. The good Lord was with us is all I can say.”

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety cited Hunt for Failure to Control Speed.