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HOUSTON - A driver died early Wednesday after his vehicle hit a barricade while exiting the Southwest Freeway, police said.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. as the car took the exit ramp at the W. Beltway, according to the Houston Police Department. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The southbound frontage road lanes were closed for more than an hour while HPD investigated.

There was no early word on what may have caused the man to crash.

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