Interstate 45 remains closed southbound with traffic backed up beyond the south loop.
Just after 3 a.m. this morning Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call for a Ford pickup traveling north on the southbound feeder neat Outback in Shenandoah. Shenandoah Police immediately started looking for it. It was moments later a wrecker driver notified dispatchers that they needed to cancel the attempt to locate as the truck just hit a car on the main lanes of Interstate 45 just over SH 242.
Needham Fire Department and MCHD responded to the call. When they arrived they found Nicole Nadra Baukus, 23, of Spring in her Ford truck in stable condition. They also found three people in the silver vehicle. The driver Nicole Elizabeth Adams, 19, of Conroe was deceased. Her right rear passenger who has not yet been identified was deceased and the front seat passenger was in critical condition.
DPS spent most of the early morning hours investigating the crash that was covering all the southbound lanes of the freeway.
Some vehicles were able to move out of the way of the on coming Ford truck going the wrong way driven by Baukus.
Part of the investigation included moving the vehicles to the impact position to photograph them. Needham Fire Department assisted with a ladder truck to allow Trooper Chapman to get some overhead shots.
Warren Diepraam with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. Currently they are awaiting blood results on Baukus.
The freeway is expected to open by 10 am but will take some time for residual traffic to clear.