18-wheeler jackknifes, smashes through barrier on Gulf Freeway

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by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 12:02 AM

HOUSTON – An 18-wheeler heading towards Downtown Houston jack-knifed on the Gulf Freeway Friday morning and smashed through the concrete barrier in southeast Houston.

The accident happened near Monroe and left traffic tangled for hours.

Witnesses said this was such a dangerous situation on so many different levels. There was just one last barricade that prevented the truck from heading straight into oncoming traffic.

One driver said the accident started when a pickup truck spun out of control. That’s when the driver of the big rig truck with a fuel tank turned to avoid the pickup and crashed through the barrier.

“It was like a scene out of a movie. That’s the only way I could describe it. It was like a movie scene happening in real life. It was pretty scary,” Joseph Lowry, another driver, said.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, but two people were taken to the hospital. A relative of theirs said that they were expected to be OK.

This was one of several crashes along the Gulf Freeway Friday morning to due to the icy road conditions. There were also a few in the afternoon, but most of them have been cleared up.

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