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major accident closes freeway for several hours

Just after midnight Saturday night Rebecca Greenshaw, 56, of New Caney was driving southbound on US 59 approaching Creekwood Drive. With her was Danny King, 36, also of New Caney and a young six year old female.

Traveling in the right lane as she approached Creekwood in her Tahoe pulling a closed trailer she was was struck on the left rear bumper by 1999 Ford Taurus who was driving in the center lane. It was unknown what caused the vehicles to make contact.

The force of the impact caused the Tahoe to jack-knife causing the trailer to roll on it’s side and sending both into the center concrete wall.

The yet unidentified female driving the Taurus then exited her vehicle and walked over to check on the occupants of the Tahoe. She then returned to her car which was still in the moving lane of traffic.

As she stood in front of her drivers side door a Chevrolet Astro Van driven by Marcus Melbert, 23, of Houston. With him was John Carrier, 35. The van struck her vehicle which in turn struck her and causing her body to become airborne landing next to the Tahoe.

Witnesses then say the driver of the van which spun after impact and struck the concrete wall and the Tahoe exited the vehicle. With his right leg bleeding and injured he walked across the three lanes of the freeway with an ice chest and dumped it over the side of the freeway. In addition disposed of several beer cans over the concrete rail onto the outbound side of the freeway.

His passenger with a severe left leg injury was transported to the hospital. Melbert was eventually transported also for his injury also.

The female driver who was struck and thrown was flown by PHI Air Medical to Hermann Hospital in Houston in  stable condition with severe leg trauma.

Danny King was transported to Kingwood Hospital with chest pains.

Splendora Fire Department assisted several MCHD units on the scene with patient care.

Patton Village Police were assisted by DPS, Roman Forest and Splendora units as the freeway was closed for several hours as the investigation continued.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Frank Barnett also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. a mandatory blood draw was done at the hospital.

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