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All lanes reopen on SW Freeway after deadly crash involving 18-wheeler

The southbound feeder remains closed for additional clean up, according to TxDOT.

HOUSTON — The southbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway near W. Bellfort have reopened after being closed for about eight hours due to a fiery crash involving an 18-wheeler.

One person has been confirmed dead in this three-vehicle crash.

This happened at about 5:20 a.m.

Houston police said a car and an 18-wheeler were traveling along the freeway when they crashed into each other. The cause of this crash is unknown at this time.

The impact of the crash caused the 18-wheeler to roll to the feeder road of the freeway. This is when a third vehicle crashed into the 18-wheeler, causing the 18-wheeler to lose its fuel. A big fire then broke out along the freeway, police said. 

The driver of the car in the initial crash was confirmed dead on scene. 

Police said they have not found the driver of the 18-wheeler. They are not sure if this driver ran away after the crash or if the driver's body was burned when the truck caught fire. 

Police did not give any details on the condition of the third driver who crashed into the 18-wheeler. 

This is an ongoing investigation.

Check back for updates.

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