1 killed after car drifts out of lane, collides with oncoming H-E-B truck, deputies say

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter

HOUSTON - The driver of a sedan was killed when he drifted out of his lane and crashed into an oncoming H-E-B truck, deputies said.

Authorities said the accident happened around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday on Wallisville Road near Dattner Road in northeast Houston.

Officials said the 29-year-old driver of a Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on Wallisville when he drifted out of his lane and crashed into the H-E-B truck heading in the opposite direction.

The impact left the Corolla’s front end mangled and the roof peeled back, authorities said. The driver was killed in the crash.

Deputies said the 50-year-old driver of the H-E-B truck was checked by paramedics and was not injured. Authorities said the truck driver did not appear to be intoxicated and is cooperating.

The crash caused a leak in the truck and hazmat crews had to be called out, deputies said.

"Some diesel fuel did leak out,"  said HCSO Traffic investigator Simon Cheng. "Houston Fire department hazmat team is on the scene, and they helped contain the minor diesel spill."

Authorities said an autopsy will be performed on the driver of the Corolla to determine if he was intoxicated or impaired.

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