HOUSTON -

A stalled car was likely the cause of a major wreck on a southeast Houston freeway on Friday that was at first believed to be caused by ducks crossing the road, police said.

Houston police said a Budget rental truck hit a stalled car in the southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway at Fuqua shortly before 9 a.m.

The stalled car was pushed into another lane, where it hit a vehicle, officials said.

The driver of the stalled car, Rosario Lopez, 31, was trapped inside her vehicle. Crews used the Jaws of Life to rescue her. Her condition has not been released.

Police said they received several reports of ducks trying to cross the freeway at that time, but after further investigation, they determined that the ducks did not play a role in the crash.

Investigators said ducks were found huddled under a truck on the northbound side of the freeway. Eleven juvenile ducks were taken to BARC, the city's animal shelter. The mother duck did not survive, officials said.

BARC is hoping someone will offer to take the ducks. If not, the county owns property where they will be relocated.

"The ducks appear to be in fine shape," BARC spokesman Christopher Newport said. "They are a little bit out of sorts. They are in an unfamiliar place."

A small pond was near the feeder road, which could explain how the ducks got to the freeway.

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Published On: Jun 29 2012 09:21:29 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2012 02:42:19 PM CDT

A stalled car is likely the cause of a major wreck on a southeast Houston freeway, police say.

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