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.


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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:


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