BEAUMONT, Texas – Two men from Friendswood were killed when a crane being used by road crews malfunctioned and hit their vehicle in Jefferson County, according to a report by KFDM-TV.
The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 10 near Smith Road in the Beaumont area, authorities said.
Sarfaraz Karowadia, 37, and his passenger, 42-year-old Altaf Kasowadia, were headed westbound on I-10 in a 2013 Toyota when they came across a construction area.
“The initial reports indicate that a crash occurred and heavy equipment became dislodged from a commercial motor vehicle,” according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. “This is an active crash investigation and additional information will be released as details are confirmed.”
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to TDPS.
The contractor for the I-10 widening and construction project has released a statement to KFDM/Fox 4 News saying:
“In response to the incident which occurred on the construction site located along I-10, involving subcontractor Hemphill Construction, our thoughts and prayers are with all involved in this incident. Johnson Bros. Corporation, along with TxDOT, is investigating the circumstances behind this incident and has no further comment at this time.”
The roadway in the area was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.