Fatal Accident

An accident Friday night in Jasper County has claimed the life of one man and sent two others to the hospital.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 96 and FM 1004.

DPS officials say 50-year-old Billy Lanch of Buna was driving west on 1004 when he ran a stop sign and hit a Bronco driven by 61-year-old William Pitre.

Lanch died a few hours later. Officials say he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.

A passenger in Lanch's car, James Murry, is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont.

Pitre is in stable condition.