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Jeep driver slammed into back of car in fiery, fatal crash on Highway 225, fire marshal says

Views from Air 11 showed both vehicles were engulfed in flames after the crash.
Credit: KHOU 11
Fatal crash shuts down Highway 225 early July 22, 2021

PASADENA, Texas — A driver was killed in a fiery crash that shut down Highway 225 westbound in Pasadena early Thursday morning.

Chief Fire Marshal David Brannon said the crash happened at about 5:21 a.m. in the westbound lanes at Beltway 8, coming out of the Deer Park area. A Jeep driver crashed into the back of a sedan, which appeared to be stalled on the freeway.

Brannon said the sedan had its hazard lights on just before the crash, but the Jeep driver may have not been able to see them while coming over an incline in the freeway. The impact was estimated to be about 65 to 70 mph.

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The vehicles burst into flames, and the car’s driver was killed. The Jeep driver was able to get out and was treated for injuries at the scene.

Currently, no names have been released.

Views from Air 11 showed the fire was out by 5:45 a.m..

The freeway has since reopened.

Alternate routes

Brannon estimated the freeway would reopen by 9:30 or 10 a.m.

KHOU 11's Brittany Ford reported the frontage road was jammed as drivers tried to find an alternate route. Drivers may want to use I-10 East, Pasadena Boulevard or Spencer Highway instead.