HOUSTON – A fatal accident left one driver dead and sent three children to the hospital after a disabled vehicle was struck from behind on the Gulf Freeway overnight.

According to the Houston Police Department, it happened just before midnight late Thursday heading north near Monroe Boulevard.

Investigators said a Toyota Corolla was disabled in the emergency lane when a Nissan Altima struck it from behind. The male driver of the Altima was pronounced dead at the scene.

Inside the Corolla were three minors, police said. Two adults from the vehicle were standing outside at the time of impact.

Police said the three children were transported to the hospital, but are expected to survive.

Police said at this time it does not appear that alcohol was a factor. However, the Nissan did enter the emergency lane before the impact, and no tire marks were visible to indicate that the driver tried to break.

The driver of the Altima also did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Toxicology tests will likely be performed on the deceased driver.

The freeway was closed to inbound traffic while HPD investigated the scene.