Driver killed after hitting barrel

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HOUSTON - A driver died Friday when he slammed into a traffic barrel in northwest Houston.

The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. near the East Loop and Lawndale Drive.

Police said the driver was speeding when he lost control and hit a traffic barrel separating the freeway and exit ramp. The impact was so strong, the driver careened through the front windshield and onto the ground. He died at the scene.

The victim's name was not released.

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