HPD: Flying Tire causes fatal crash, shuts down Pierce Elevated

HOUSTON — The Houston Police Department are investigating after a fatal accident shut down the Pierce Elevated Tuesday morning.

According to HPD, The driver of a red Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling southbound on Gulf Freeway when his front left wheel detached. The wheel bounced into the northbound lanes and struck a red Ford Explorer.

The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene, was questioned and released. The driver of the Explorer died at the scene.

The accident shut down US 59 both ways and I-45 northbound creating major traffic delays for other merging downtown freeways.