HOUSTON -- A woman wandering in the southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway was fatally struck early Wednesday, setting off a chain reaction accident, police said.

According to Houston TranStar, the incident happened near the exit for Dixie Farm Road shortly after 6 a.m.

An officer with the Houston Police Department said a car struck the woman and then swerved and hit a dump truck. The car then burst into flames. The driver of a nearby SUV also swerved, causing his vehicle to roll several times into a construction area.

The female pedestrian, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said a good Samaritan rushed in to help rescue the driver from the burning car, and the Houston Fire Department arrived to put out the flames.

The southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down until just before 9 a.m. Northbound traffic was also slow due to rubbernecking.

There was no early word on why the woman was walking on the freeway, but police said the investigation was on-going.

We don't know, said Lt. M.J. Parrie with HPD. We're doing some investigating right now to find out where she came from. Unfortunately, we don't have any ID on her, so we won't know until the medical examiner's office finishes its investigation so we can get more information on this person.

Two people in the wrecked vehicles were sent to the hospital in stable condition.


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