Wrong way driver killed in crash with big rig on Highway 290

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (KTRK) -- State troopers believe a driver had been drinking when he got on Highway 290 going the wrong way and hit an 18-wheeler head-on.

The 18-wheeler came to a stop in the grassy median. An SUV suffered heavy damage.

Officials with Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed one person was killed in the accident that happened at about 4:30 a.m. on the westbound lanes of Highway 290 at Highway 6 in Waller County.

Investigators say they detected a strong odor of alcohol. The truck driver was not hurt.
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