Piece of metal sticking up from road causes havoc on Eastex Freeway

HUMBLE, Texas – Crews are working to repair the road after 6 cars ran into a piece of metal sticking up from the road in northeast Harris County near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Authorities said the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday on the Eastex Freeway near the Will Clayton Parkway.

Officers with the Humble Police Department said a piece of metal from the road popped up from wear and tear. 

A car traveling outbound on the freeway hit the metal, forcing the driver to pull over. Multiple vehicles ran over the metal causing it to bend more with each passing vehicle, authorities said.

Police said six vehicles, including an 18-wheeler, were possibly impacted by the obstruction.

TxDOT used a cutting torch to cut up the metal and then take it out. They have since covered up the hole with asphalt.

According to TxDOT, the asphalt is a temporary fix while they call in a contractor to do the special repair of the armor joint, which connects the road and helps keep continuity.

The road is expected to be fully repaired within the next couple of weeks.


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