Lufkin woman killed in prison van, car wreck in Central Texas

Ellaree Mathews (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Ellaree Mathews (Source: Angelina County Jail)


A 53-year-old woman from Lufkin was killed and six people were hurt in a Central Texas collision between a TDCJ van hauling people coming out of a state-run drug rehabilitation unit and a car.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday identified the woman who died as 53-year-old Ellaree Mathews. She had been in the substance abuse felony punishment program for a conviction out of Angelina County and was on the way to a halfway house in Beaumont, according to Angelina County Probation Supervisor Dustin Fore.

Mathews was pronounced dead at the scene late Monday morning near Cameron.

According to the Associated Press, the Department of Public Safety says the wreck involved a van hauling four female inmates from the Crain Unit in Gatesville to a substance abuse treatment facility in Beaumont. However, Fore clarified on Wednesday that Mathews had served her time in the facility and was on the way to a halfway house.

Officials say one inmate and one transport worker were treated and released. Conditions of the other two injured and the two drivers weren't immediately available.

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