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Police say driver killed in fiery crash along Eastex Freeway was speeding

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A driver killed in a fiery crash on the Eastex Freeway overnight was speeding when they lost control, police said

The southbound lanes of the Eastex Freeway were blocked just before Will Clayton Parkway due to the deadly crash.

Houston police said the driver was on I-69 near the Rankin exit around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The driver was traveling too fast when they hit the exit sign, then a light post, causing the vehicle to catch on fire, HPD said.

It was also raining at the time, causing the roadways to be slick.

Witnesses stopped and tried to help the driver by breaking out the back window, but it was too late.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

“Even though the witnesses saw it happen, they stopped. They tried to get out and basically break the back window and get the person out, but it was already too late,” Sgt. David Rose said. “And that person, unfortunately, died inside of that vehicle.”

Police say the victim does appear to be an adult. The medical examiner will have to confirm the victim’s identity.

UPDATE-830am- FREEWAY HAS REOPENED