Driver dies after semi-truck falls off of an overpass


HOUSTON, Texas (CBS) – An 18-wheeler driver dies after being cut off by a car, causing him to plunge off the 610 ship channel bridge, Houston police said Wednesday.

The crash happened at 8: 23 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.

The big rig landed upside down on a chemical manufacturing business below. There were no other injuries reported, however.

Police say the truck was heading northbound over the start of the bridge when another driver caused the crash. The big rig driver steered into the bridge’s concrete barrier and crashed through, falling upside down on the industrial facility below.

The trucker initially survived the crash but was pinned upside down in the wreckage. He passed away as the rescue attempt was underway.

The driver who allegedly caused the incident stayed at the scene, according to police.

Online records show the business that was struck by the falling big rig is Huntsman International, a chemical manufacturing business. Police said there were no hazardous chemicals leaked, and there is no danger to the public. The truck was not carrying any toxic substances either.

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