One dead as weather causes multiple wrecks overnight

HOUSTON A driver lost control of his car, drove over a median, ran into oncoming lanes and then into a tree. The driver died on impact.

Speed may have been a factor, and the slick roads could have been too. The passenger was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

More wrecks

In north Houston around 10pm Friday night, a truck and 18-wheeler crashed after they both hit an ice patch. The pickup truck was traveling south on I-45 when it spun out on ice on top of the overpass on Crosstimbers. The semi behind the truck couldn't stop in time and smashed into the pickup. The freeway was shut down for about an hour for crews to clear the wreck.

A pickup truck spun out on an exit ramp off the Gulf Freeway overnight, hitting a wall then sliding down a grassy embankment. The truck finally came to a stop in a field near the FM 1764 exit. No one was injured in the crash, although the truck's airbags deployed. The accident was blamed on ice on the overpass.

Part of the North Loop had to be shut down for an hour early Saturday morning after an icy spot caused chain reaction wrecks near North Main. A car spun out on the overpass and another car ran into that car. While that happened, another driver caused a separate three-car wreck involving that car, a pickup and a van. Two people were taken to the hospital and no one was seriously hurt.

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