Patrick Osborn

Driver On Cell Phone May Have Caused Fatal Wreck

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Cicely C. Mitchell

One man was killed and another person was sent to the hospital after a chain-reaction car accident in northwest Houston on Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, the driver of a Ford Taurus lost control of his car, traveling inbound on the Northwest Freeway at Mangum.

Houston police concluded that the driver overcorrected and veered across several lanes of traffic.

HPD traffic investigators believe the driver struck at least two vehicles, including a late model Dodge truck.

Due to the force of the impact, the truck’s axle was broken.

The driver of the pickup was then taken to an area hospital.

Later Wednesday, HPD accident investigators spent time determining the cause of the crash.

It is the belief of police that the driver who died was speeding at the time and may have been using his cell phone.

There was no evidence that the driver was under any chemical influence.

The accident, coupled with the police investigation shut down all inbound traffic along US 290 at Mangum Wednesday.

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