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Wrong-way driver dies after crashing into family heading home from church on Crosby Freeway

Multiple members of the family were taken to the hospital, some by Life Flight.

CROSBY, Texas — Deputies in Crosby are investigating a wrong-way crash that killed a driver and sent multiple people to the hospital overnight.

The crash happened at about midnight Tuesday on the Crosby Freeway’s eastbound lanes near Runneberg, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said a silver Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling westbound in the wrong direction when the driver, now identified as Rocky Joseph Tarr, collided with two vehicles traveling eastbound.

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The crash happened at about midnight Tuesday on the Crosby Freeway’s eastbound lanes near Runneberg.

The eastbound vehicles, a Chevrolet Astro van and a blue Ford Focus, contained members of the same family who were heading home from church. The Astro van collided with the wrong-way driver first, and then the Focus collided with the Astro van, deputies said.

Life Flight helicopters took a 16-year-old male and 21-year-old male to the hospital. Another passenger, a 42-year-old male, was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The driver accused of going the wrong way, an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The roadway was closed for about two hours for the investigation and cleanup but has since reopened.


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