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double fatal crash on i-45

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.


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  1. Sad for the families of those killed, I lost my Father to drunk drivers at age 6, and was recently injured by a twice convicted DWI’er who caused a wreck involving myself and another lady at 7am in the morning!! He received one of his DWI citations at 6am on Easter Sunday of this year!! Watch out in Huntsville!!! Driving and drinking kills!! Who were the companions this girl was drinking with?? Who served her until she was so intoxicated?? They sure aren’t friends to have let her take off at 3am in the morning drunk! If you are going to drink stay the hell in one place and do not drive!!! Or have a designated driver!!! And lets get on the businesses who sell liquor with no limit in bars, clubs, and restaurants!! There has to be a limit!! It is unreasonable to keep serving someone who is obviously drunk more and more just to make a buck-this goes on all the time regarding the businesses here in Huntsville who serve liquor to the SHSU students!!! ATF where are you???

  2. Very sorry for the loss of your loved ones! My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all involved! May god be with yall during this tragic loss!!

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