A pedestrian wandering into the southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway was the cause of an early morning fiery crash Wednesday. The unidentified woman was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident after having set off a chain reaction involving at least two other vehicles.
Houston TranStar reports say the accident happened near the exit for Dixie Farm Road just after 6 a.m.
A spokesman for the Houston Police Department said when the car struck the woman it swerved and hit a dump truck. The driver of a nearby SUV also swerved and overcorrected, causing his vehicle to roll several times into an area that was under construction. A Good Samaritan rushed to the rescue the person in the car that that was by now on fire, while the Houston Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire.
At least two people in the vehicles involved in the crash were sent to a nearby hospital to be treated and are listed in stable condition. The name of the deceased female pedestrian has not been released because she was not carrying any ID. The Medical Examiner’s office is still investigating at this time.
There was no indication as to why the woman might have been walking on the freeway.
Southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway were all but shut down for nearly three hours and reopened at approximately 9 a.m.
While the vast majority of those travelling on Texas freeways will get to their destinations without incident, accidents can happen. With so many vehicles driving at high rates of speed, the unexpected can happen and an accident is bound to happen. Because of the rate of speed and the size of many vehicles on a freeway or high speed roadway, accidents can be very dangerous to those involved in them.
It is extremely dangerous for pedestrians to walk on freeways, even in the case of emergencies. It is also illegal in the state of Texas for pedestrians, bicyclists and even horses to be on those types of roadways. Unfortunately, however, pedestrian accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and even death.
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