1 killed in head-on collision in Washburn Tunnel, alcohol found in vehicle

By John Brannen - Web Editor, Meagen Morrison

A man is dead after two pickup trucks collided head-on in the 3200 block of Federal Road inside the Washburn Tunnel around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say Rigoberto Velazquez-Sandoval was driving a GMC Sierra and failed to stay in a single lane. Velazquez-Sandoval first struck the left-side mirror of a Ford truck, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say he hit a different Ford truck head-on and suffered severe head injuries.

Investigators say Velazquez-Sandoval's breath smelled like alcohol and that open containers were found in his truck.

One of the passengers in the second Ford truck suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The tunnel was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

The wreck remains under investigation.