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Traffic Incident at 300 West Loop South

April 7, 2006 -- Additional witnesses to a fatal accident that occurred on Thursday, April 6, 2006 around 12:45 p.m. in the 300 block of the I-610 West Loop are asked to
contact police and provide needed information.

Witnesses at the scene told HPD Mobility Incident Management Officer R. Palomo that the driver of a Lincoln Town Car traveling northbound on the west loop north was attempting to exit to the I-10 entrance ramp when he struck the impact barrels on that entrance ramp. The driver of a flatbed Ford F-350 struck the rear of the Lincoln Town Car causing the truck to jack-knife and land on the concrete barrier that separates the north and southbound lanes of the west loop. A fire erupted from the collision.

An Asian female, driving a Toyota Camry struck the back end of the F-350 that was hanging over the barrier into the southbound lane, causing major damage to her car. She suffered minor injures. A 19-year-old male driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier with a passenger in the car, traveling southbound on the west loop north struck the back end of the F-350. He was killed in that collision. An 18-wheeler, traveling northbound in the center lane witnessed the impact between the F-350 and Lincoln Town Car and struck the F-350 after the initial collision occurred.

This investigation is still ongoing. And anyone who may have witnessed the accident and left the scene is asked to contact the Houston Police Department Mobility Incident Management Division at 713-247-4072.

AW / RMM 4-07-06
Inc # 053936606-C

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.