Wrong-Way DUI Driver Sends Big Rig Plummeting Off Interstate 45 Bridge, Trucker Survives
UPDATED: Friday @ 10:15 a.m.
Houston, TX – A trucker amazingly survived a serious crash Friday morning after a collision with a wrong-way passenger vehicle sent his big rig flying off a Houston interstate bridge and plummeting about 30 feet below.
Multiple local outlets report the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Friday.
The trucker — whose identity has not been released — was traveling on I-45 southbound when police say a wrong-way driver crashed into the rig head-on.
The semi then slammed into the barrier before falling off the Pierce Elevated (Houston’s name for the elevated stretch of I-45).
The tractor-trailer dropped roughly 30 feet below and landed in the parking lot of the Downtown Aquarium Restaurant, located on Bagby Street.
The 18-wheeler appeared to be almost completely destroyed by the crash.
Video footage from the scene show the male driver on a gurney and being loaded into an ambulance.
He was conscious, wearing a neck brace and could be seen moving.
Local outlet ABC13 reported the driver miraculously sustained only minor injuries, but was transported to an area hospital for observation.
According to Houston’s First Coast News, the truck was hauling a load of charcoal in a Vanguard trailer.
Investigators suspect the 56-year-old female driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
She faces DWI charges.
She incredibly only suffered a broken leg and was transported to a nearby hospital.
As of 7 a.m., the southbound lanes of I-45 remained closed.
HazMat crews were also on-scene to assist with the cleanup.
WATCH raw footage from the scene below: