HOUSTON – Downed power lines due to a two-vehicle crash caused a complete shutdown on IH-69 Southwest Freeway southbound at Newcastle Drive Thursday, officials with the Houston Fire Department said.
Two heavily damaged vehicles were seen as Sky 2 flew over the scene around 9 a.m. When emergency officials arrived, they found out that the crash also affected an electrical pole. The pole was damaged and caused power lines to fall along the freeway, Captain Sedrick Robinett said.
Robinette said that about eight to 10 vehicles were affected by the downed power lines and at least four people were transported to a nearby emergency room. The exact injuries they sustained have not been confirmed.
A viewer in the Afton Oaks neighborhood sent a picture of a downed power line down from the street.
As crews worked on repairs, drivers were urged to find an alternate route.
KPRC 2 will provide more information as it becomes available.