18-wheeler cargo hits overpass on Katy Freeway near downtown

KHOU 11's Shern-Min Chow reports

HOUSTON – An 18-wheeler lost its load after striking an overpass on the Katy Freeway near downtown Monday morning.

Views from Air 11 show the crash happened near Houston Avenue.

According to the Houston Police Department, it happened at 6:45 a.m. as the truck's cargo scraped the bottom of the 14 foot, 3 inch-high Houston Avenue bridge.

The damaged cargo, which turned out to be an empty shipping container, fell off the truck and struck a woman's car. The woman was taken to the hospital, but police said she is expected to be okay. She was more spooked than anything.

The truck driver was not injured, but was ticketed because his trailer was too high, police said.

Police said a third driver was involved in the incident after running over the piece of metal that came off the bridge. That driver was not hurt.

The Texas Department of Transportation said they have to wait for the bridge inspector to look over the bridge, which has been struck several times.

As of 9 a.m. crews were still working to reopen the freeway. It has since fully reopened, however.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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