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Fatal crash in NE Harris County may have been caused by spilled cement


Here’s what we know about a crash that has killed at least two and may involve multiple vehicles.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Two people were killed Friday morning in a major crash in northeast Harris County that may have been caused by a lost load of cement in the road, authorities said.

One of the victims was LaTonya Earl, a gospel singer who was well-known in the baptist and gospel communities, according to The Church at Bethel’s Family Pastor Walter August.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. in the 15400 block of Old Humble Road, just north of Beltway 8.

One vehicle was northbound on Old Humble Road when it hit wet cement in the road that had spilled from a cement truck, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The driver lost control, crossed the median, and slammed head-on into a southbound vehicle. It wasn’t clear which vehicle lost control, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The driver of the cement truck had just left a cement mixing plant nearby and had made a U-turn on Old Humble Road when the truck’s drum started dumping wet cement onto the road, according to deputies.

A trail of cement extended across the road where the crash happened and a cement truck was seen parked nearby.

Deputies believe that Earl and the driver of the other vehicle died instantly in the crash.

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