A fatal wrong-way crash killed two people and closed down Interstate 30 at Beach Street early Monday morning.
The crash closed all eastbound lanes the freeway just before the Beach Street exit and forced drivers to exit the freeway and detour around the crash using Lancaster Street or other options.
Signal flares lit up the early morning darkness for miles as Fort Worth police investigated the scene.
According to the police department, drivers began calling 911 around Oakland Boulevard to report a driver in a black sedan traveling the wrong way, driving westbound on the eastbound lanes of I-30 at Beach. One caller reports the driver had been speeding at an estimated 100 miles and hour. Police are investigating that report and determining how fast the driver was traveling when they collided with the other vehicle, a white, two-door coupe, near Beach Street.
The crash killed both Billy Gonzales,30, and Wright Dunyell, 41, both of Forth Worth.
Lanes of the freeway were re-opened at 5:59 a.m. Monday, but investigators were still working portions of the scene to identify the parties invovled.
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Previously, in March 2011, a wrong-way crash near that same exchange killed a truck driver and caused a massive fire that scorched two lanes of I-30 at Beach so severely that Texas Department of Transportation had to shut down the area for months to repair.
NBC 5's Greg Janda contributed to an earlier version of this story.