Monday and Tuesday morning were dangerous times to be travelling the Gulf Freeway this week. Two fatal motor vehicle accidents claimed four lives, three drivers and one passenger, on the Houston Interstate.
On Monday morning, a wrong-way driver in a Chrysler 300 slammed head first into a small SUV driven by a man on his way to work on the Gulf Freeway near Alemda Genoa. Both drivers were killed and all southbound lanes were shut down while emergency crews responded to the fatal head-on collision.
The man was an officer with the University of Houston-Clear Lake Police Department and leaves behind nine children. Another driver in front of the SUV saw the oncoming Chrysler and was able to swerve to avoid a head-on collision. The officer, who was about 50 feet behind the other car, simply did not have time to react before he was hit by the driver of the Chrysler.
On Tuesday morning, a woman in her early 20s and a young boy not even 10-years-old were killed when the woman lost control of her Nissan Altima and struck a concrete barricade. The vehicle flipped several times, coming to rest after striking another concrete support beam. A second male passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition following the rollover crash.
Witnesses to the fatal crash involving the Altima noted that the driver appeared to be travelling at the posted speed limit when suddenly she lost control. It’s possible that an even inside the car, a defect in the Nissan itself or a medical event cause the double-fatal crash.
Source: CBS Houston, “HPD Investigates Fatal Traffic Accident On Gulf Freeway,” June 11, 2013