10 people flee scene of deadly crash in Wharton County, authorities say

A crash in Wharton County, as photographed by the Wharton County Sheriff's Office on July 16, 2021. (Wharton County Sheriff's Office, Wharton County Sheriff's Office)

HOUSTON – A person is dead and another is injured after a blown tire led to a crash on 59 at County Road 357 in Wharton County on Friday, authorities say.

The Texas Department of Public Safety told KPRC 2 it’s unclear what types of vehicles were involved in the crash that was called in around 11:30 a.m.

Deputies said 10 people ran after the accident.

The road is back open, but deputies said traffic is very heavy and moving slow. If possible, officials are asking drivers to avoid the area.

Another major crash; U. S. 59 @ CR 357 (near Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse). Expect major delays.

Posted by Wharton County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 16, 2021

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