2 people dead in fiery 18-wheeler crash caused by wrong-way driver in southwest Houston, officials say

HOUSTON – Police are investigating after a deadly crash involving an 18-wheeler in southwest Houston Sunday, officers said. Investigators said the crash was caused by a wrong-way driver and two people are dead.

Officers said the crash happened on the Southwest Freeway at the West Bellfort Avenue exit around 4:52 a.m.

Police said a wrong-way driver collided with an 18-wheeler and forced the 18-wheeler off the freeway at West Bellfort. According to the Houston Police Department, the 18-wheeler caught on fire during the crash.

Authorities said the crash was causing significant traffic backup. Officers on the scene were diverting drivers once they get to the ramp. The lanes are now back open.

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