Highway 290 reopens 14 hours after fiery fatal crash


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 6:25 PM

HOUSTON—An 18-wheeler carrying apples was involved in a fiery crash that killed one person and shut down Highway 290 early Tuesday.

The crash was reported just after 1 a.m. near the exit for Barker Cypress.

Police believe a car may have cut off the big rig, causing the driver to lose control and crash into a wall.

Officials said the truck’s driver was killed in the crash, and a passenger was critically injured when he or she was thrown from the vehicle.

The impact of the crash was so powerful, it rattled windows of nearby homes.

Thousands of apples that were destined for a farmer’s market in Houston spilled from the truck, along with 250 pounds of fuel.

"The diesel is spilled in a large area of grass so that we actually have to go in and dig up that grass to remove it since it soaked into that area," said Karen Othon with TxDOT.

It took crews more than 14 hours to clear the debris and mop up the fuel spill.

All inbound lanes were blocked during morning rush hour and traffic was backed up for miles.

Just after 5 p.m., crews reopened one lane of traffic.