BROOKSHIRE, Texas The Katy Freeway was a mess near Brookshire after three separate crashes on both sides of the interstate Friday afternoon.
The first accident involved an 18-wheeler that caught fire after overturning near Peterson.
Rubberneckers in the other directionmay have caused a five-vehicle crash that shut down all eastbound lanes near FM 1489, according to a wrecker driver.
Only one westbound lane was getting through at last check.
Further westbound, a big truck overturned after going off a bridge. It's not clear if that accident was related to the others.
At leasttwo people were transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. A third person was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
Rush hour traffic was backed up in both directions.
Both sides reopened just before 6 p.m. but the westbound service road remained closed.