HOUSTON -

A close call for a toll taker Monday at a toll plaza that was also the scene of another big accident involving a big rig a few months ago.

The toll booth operator is lucky she wasn't hurt as the out-of-control truck slid right past her, barely bumping her booth, at around 7:30 a.m. Monday on the West Sam Houston Parkway North at Clay Road.

"He hit the barrier, barrier wall, as he went through he damaged the toll equipment," said Asst. Chief Randy Johnson, with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office.

On the West Belt at the northbound Clay Road exit, there just isn't a whole lot of room for error. The plaza comes up quickly. Frequently there are backups. Add freeway speeds and heavy trucks and it's a recipe for disaster.

In April a trucker died in a fiery crash at the very same exit.

The trucker in Monday morning's wreck was ticketed for failure to maintain proper speed. He claimed to officers a tire blew out.

The exit is an issue, but a fix should be in place by late August.

"We're going to install another exit just north of Clay Road that will really relieve congestion," said Johnson.

For a few fleeting hours Monday the exit was actually free because the equipment had been destroyed, but they're fixing that with a temporary system.