Highway 249 ramp to Sam Houston Tollway reopen after major crash that resulted in 2 dead

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Man who caused rollover throws himself off overpass, deputies say
Two people are dead as a result of a bizarre chain of events on Highway 249 near the Sam Houston Tollway on Wednesday.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As a closure on Highway 249 continued into the middle of Wednesday afternoon, authorities revealed that a driver, who is believed to have hit another vehicle, got out right after the crash, ran up an elevated connector ramp, and then threw himself over the edge.

The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said that person died from the apparent suicide on the Highway 249 southbound connector ramp to the eastbound North Sam Houston Tollway.

Constable deputies received a call of the incident at 12:02 p.m.

The person in the other vehicle was taken by Life Flight to the hospital, where that person died.

There were no other deaths or injuries reported.

While the constable's office was among the first to respond to the crash, the Harris County sheriff stated one of his deputies witnessed the initial crash.

In a tweet, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, "One of our units witnessed the initial crash, and one of the individuals in the crash subsequently jumped off of the overpass. The person was pronounced deceased."

Gonzalez added that his homicide investigators were heading to the crash site.

By 3:30 p.m., traffic on the impacted part of Highway 249 was back to normal.

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.