HPD: Driver dies in fiery crash after slamming into wrecker; Beltway 8 reopens

HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating a deadly, fiery crash that shut down parts of the Beltway 8 Wednesday morning. Police said Beltway 8 has now reopened.

Police said they were called to an earlier crash around 2:45 a.m. on Beltway 8 and John F. Kennedy in north Houston.

According to officers, they were clearing the accident when the driver of an SUV crashed into one of the wreckers.

“The wrecker was going approximately 10 miles per hour, according to his statement, when the crash occurred, so he was already on the roadway with emergency lights and everything on,” Houston Police Sergeant D. Griffiths said. “We don’t see any roadway evidence that he (the driver) applied his brakes at all.”

After the crash, the SUV caught on fire, killing the trapped driver of the SUV.

Police said they called the Houston Fire Department to the scene. Investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.