It began just before 3:30am on the North Loop West, eastbound just over Shepherd at Nicholson.
According to the Houston Police Department, one person was killed and two others were hospitalized in the multiple-vehicle collision, which they said was actually five accidents at one scene.
Authorities said it all started with a hit-and-run crash in the eastbound lanes. A hit-and-run driver clipped a Chevrolet Impala, which then spun around and hit a Toyota.
Police said the male Toyota driver got out, was disoriented, and fell to the ground. He was run over by a Honda and died at the scene. Officers believe the Honda driver was intoxicated and could face charges.
A passenger in the Honda got out and was also struck by a car. He was rushed to an area hospital and is expected to recover.
Officers were already at the scene when the final collision occurred.
"While our units were conducting traffic control, another drunk driver hit one of our police vehicles," HPD Sgt. Karl Harris said.
That driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Officers are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who got away. Anyone with information can call HPD or Crime Stoppers.
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