Fatal wreck in Orange

Fatal wreck in Orange

One woman was pronounced deceased after the driver of an SUV disregarded a red light and struck the woman's passenger car at an intersection in Orange on Thursday, June 19, Orange police report.

According to a news release from the Orange Police Department, officers were dispatched to the intersection of 10th Street and Green Avenue at 7:38 p.m. in regards to a major traffic accident. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a gray 1999 Nissan four-door passenger car with what they described as "major damage" to the driver's side front and rear doors. Four people were inside the vehicle. The front of the SUV, a green 2000 Ford Explorer, also sustained major damage.

First responders had to use the Jaws of Life to extract the driver of the Nissan, identified as 32-year-old Elizabeth Janean Smith of Orange. The driver was transported to Baptist Hospital in Orange where she pronounced deceased. A three-year-old passenger, who had been seated in the back seat of the car on the driver's side when the vehicle was impacted, was transported to the Texas Children's Hospital in Galveston by Air Rescue. The child's condition is unknown. A third passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital in Orange for treatment. The fourth passenger was reportedly uninjured, as was the driver of the Ford Explorer.

The identity of the parties are being withheld at this time. The incident is still under investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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