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85-year-old woman was killed when car flew down embankment near downtown, Houston police say

Two other women were also hurt in the two-vehicle collision, according to the Houston Police Department.

HOUSTON — A deadly two-vehicle crash shut down multiple roads and freeway lanes on Wednesday afternoon near downtown Houston.

The incident happened before 2 p.m. along Pierce Street and Hamilton.

Houston police stated a black Ford Fusion was traveling southbound when the driver ran a red light and struck a Chevrolet Malibu. The Ford then crashed through a fence and flew down a freeway embankment, hitting a barrier that stopped the sedan from entering the I-69 mainlanes under I-45.

Police confirmed Thursday that an 85-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Ford, was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The 63-year-old female driver in that vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The 31-year-old woman driving the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, police stated.

Credit: KHOU

No names were released as of Thursday morning, and no criminal charges are anticipated in the incident.

The crash, investigation and cleanup caused major delays on the freeway and on roads in downtown and midtown into the evening rush hour.

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