Driver killed instantly when his car struck the rear of an 18 wheeler in the northbound lanes of I-45 Monday evening..
The first reports of a serious accident between New Waverly and Huntsville began to come into the Walker County Public Safety Communications Center around 6:15 pm Monday evening. Callers reported a passenger car had struck the rear of an 18 wheeler traveling in the northbound lanes near the 106-mile marker and that the vehicle was possibly on fire.
911 Operators dispatched the New Waverly Fire Department, Walker County EMS, and DPS to the scene. The first arriving units reported that there was no fire, but that the driver of the passenger car was deceased. New Waverly Firefighters established a temporary traffic control zone to protect emergency personnel and allow for traffic to pass by on one lane and the shoulder, in hopes of preventing additional secondary accidents. A TxDOT contractor responded with additional traffic control equipment to keep traffic flowing and reinforce the NWFD’s temporary traffic control zone. DPS Troopers and Tow Operators worked within the safety zone to conduct the crash investigation and clear the freeway.
This incident marks the third serious incident in recent days and the second fatal crash in the same stretch of freeway this month. A similar crash on July 8th left a Willis resident dead when his car struck the rear of an 18 wheeler parked on the shoulder.
Another incident last week left a driver trapped and seriously injured when his car left the roadway and then veered back into traffic before striking an 18 wheeler’s trailer and becoming lodged under the truck.
Traffic was heavy for most of Monday evening, but there were no reports of secondary accidents and the scene was cleared shortly after 8 pm.