Crews stabilize transmission tower following Westpark crash

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by Jacqueline Crea / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 5:52 PM

HOUSTON -- Crews were a able stabilize a transmission tower that was damaged in a crash that shut down the Westpark Tollway on Sunday afternoon.

Constables with Harris County Pct. 5 said a Ford Expedition and a Ford pickup sideswiped each other near Highway 6. One of the vehicles rolled and struck the tower, causing it to lean.

The driver of the Ford Expedition was sent to the hospital by Life Flight.

Authorities said the crash may have been the result of road rage, but the investigation is on-going.

The tollway was closed for several hours but reopened in time for the Monday morning rush hour commute.

By 11 a.m., crews had finished repairs. Power was not affected and Centerpoint Energy officials replaced the broken transmission tower legs with wooden beams.

The beams will stay in place at least until the end of the year before crews can either go in and replace the tower altogether or just add more repairs.

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