Man extricated after U-Haul vs. tanker truck crash on I-45 in north Houston
HOUSTON, TX — Crews performed a rescue extrication early Friday after a U-Haul truck collided with a tanker truck on Interstate 45 in north Houston, according to ABC13.
The accident occurred on the northbound lanes (North Freeway) near West Gulf Bank Road. Houston Transtar verified the crash at 4:53 a.m., listing the event as a a hazmat spill involving two vehicles.
Houston Fire Department officials said a man was driving a large U-Haul truck with a woman and their cat onboard when the vehicle crashed into the rear of a tanker truck. An early investigation indicates the tanker truck may have been slow-moving or broken down at the time.
Crews worked for nearly an hour to extricate the male driver from the U-Haul. He and the woman were then transported to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. Their cat, who had been seen with the woman after the crash, appears to be OK.
All northbound lanes of I-45 were blocked during the response. Motorists en route to The Woodlands, Spring and Conroe faced long delays. Hardy Toll Road was recommended as an alternate route.
No further details have been shared as of this writing.
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