2 killed in fiery crash on Southwest Freeway due to wrong-way driver

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2 killed in fiery wrong-way Southwest Freeway crash
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A vehicle was northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway near West Belfort and clipped an 18-wheeler before plunging over the barrier wall onto the feeder road below.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A fiery crash Sunday morning killed two people and forced the complete closure of the Southwest Freeway southbound main lanes and the feeder road in southwest Houston.

It happened some time before 5 a.m. on the freeway near West Bellfort.

A vehicle was headed north in the southbound lanes of the freeway when it clipped an oncoming18-wheeler, according to Houston police.

The 18-wheeler lost control, went off the freeway and plunged over a barrier wall and onto the feeder road below.

The fire and smoke could be seen for several miles right after it ignited.

Two other vehicles were also involved, police said. Someone in one of those vehicles tried to save the wrong-way driver, but wasn't successful, police said.

Traffic was halted on the freeway and feeder road. The full closure of the main lanes lasted for more than eight hours.

The driver of the 18-wheeler and the wrong-way vehicle both died at the scene.

The flames lit up the sky Sunday morning over southwest Houston from the crash that blocked all of the southbound main lanes and the feeder road.


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