Driver Of 18-Wheeler Dies After His Truck Falls Off Houston Ship Channel Bridge

Houston Police say the driver had to suddenly veer off after a car cut him off.

The driver of an 18-wheeler suffered a deadly accident on July 3, 2019, after his truck fell off the Houston Ship Channel bridge.

The driver of an 18-wheeler died Wednesday in Houston while first responders tried to rescue him from his truck, after a major traffic accident on the Ship Channel bridge, on the northbound side of Interstate 610 East Loop.

Houston Police confirmed the death on Twitter around 10:15 a.m. The driver was the only victim of the accident.



HPD Commander Patty Cantu said at a news conference the truck fell off the bridge around 8:23 a.m. after the driver had to suddenly veer to avoid hitting a car that cut him off. The 18-wheeler crashed through the guardrail and fell approximately 150 feet, landing on top of a building next to a containment tank.

Cantu said there is an eyewitness of the accident. The driver was wearing his seat belt and the truck was transporting some kind of commercial liquid but no toxic materials, according to HPD.

The Texas Department of Transportation told News 88.7 traffic is moving in one left lane to get around the crash site but backups are heavy.

"There is some damage to the rail from the bridge strike and crews are mobilizing and bringing rails to the site and we hope to have that fixed sometime today," said TxDOT spokeswoman Deidrea George. "Crews are in talks with other area offices to secure that rail, to get it there."

George added they will continue to inspect the bridge to make sure the bridge is safe for travel. "Traffic in that area is certainly going to be a little slower than normal and so if there is an alternate route that you can take, then do so," she said.

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