Just after 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Conroe Police and Fire responded to a reported multiple vehicle crash with an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 45 southbound at the League Line exit.
Conroe Police Sgt. Robert Engel said an 18-wheeler owned by Reveille Trucking of Harlingen, was southbound in the center lane when it was struck in the rear by a Honda Civic and came to a stop. Meanwhile, the driver of a silver Honda who witnessed the crash and tried dodging to the left to avoid colliding with them. The silver Honda then struck the green Civic, causing the silver Honda to crash into the inside concrete barrier.
An auto transport owned by Accelerated Auto Transport and loaded with vehicles then saw the crash and tried to veer to the right. The trailer of the auto hauler struck the green Honda Civic, spinning it so that it was now facing northbound.
Lastly, another 18 wheeler then came up on the scene and was unable to avoid the crash, slamming into the green Honda Civic, crushing it. The Federal Express truck then lost control and flipped over in the median. The load stayed intact.
Montgomery County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack was dispatched to the scene and pronounced the still unidentified driver of the green Civic dead on the scene. He ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. The only other injury was the driver of the Federal Express truck who suffered minor injuries.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor.
Interstate 45 remained closed until after 10 a.m. as Conroe Police with the assistance of the Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Andrew James investigated the crash.
Milstead Heavy Duty was able to right the Federal Express truck without the load spilling.
Traffic which was being forced off at FM 830 moved at a snails pace as many drivers slowed to photograph the scene with their cell phones.
THEN YOU HAVE FOLKS SLOWING TRAFFIC DOWN FOR CAMERA PHONE PICTURES