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FATAL CRASH ON I-45 AT SH 242

Just after midnight, a driver was exiting the SH 242 westbound flyover from I-45 north when he struck the collision barrels at the entrance to the ramp. The collision caused his Toyota T100 pickup to flip onto its roof and slide up the ramp. It is unknown how bad the driver was injured. Multiple drivers stopped and called 911. Just as Montgomery County Sheriff’s units were arriving another Toyota Tundra pickup exited the same exit ramp. This driver was impaired and did not see the crashed vehicle in front of him or the driver of that vehicle crawling out of his vehicle. The Tundra slammed into the smaller Toyota pinning that drive under and between the vehicles. That driver was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver who was impaired was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition. Intoxication Manslaughter charges are pending. Needham Firefighters spent over 2-hours trying to free the deceased driver from the vehicles and separate the vehicles. Montgomery County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Beasley responded to the scene for the inquest and ordered Eickenhorst Funeral Directors to transport the victim to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the crash as did the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit. Something noted on this scene was the TXDOT overhead illumination lights were not operational. This was the same situation on the auto-pedestrian fatal crash on I-45 just a few miles south on May 29th.

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