1 killed in fiery crash on Southwest Freeway; southbound lanes blocked

HOUSTON – A fiery crash shut down the southbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway just as rush hour was beginning Monday afternoon.

Officials said Monday evening they will not be able clear wreckage for a few more hours after they discovered that there is a fuel leak and the possibility of chemicals on board the truck.

A big rig and SUV burst into flames after they collided near Chimney Rock, according to the Houston Fire Department.

The vehicle was wedged between the truck and the concrete barrier and the cab of the big rig crashed into a pole.

One person inside the SUV was killed. Two others somehow managed to get out of the burning SUV and they were taken to area hospitals.

The trucker was also taken to the hospital.’

The truck is owned by the U.S. Postal Service and they confirmed a contract driver was at the wheel.

There was no mail on the truck.

All southbound lanes remain closed near Chimney Rock more than three hours after the crash.

Drivers should continue to avoid the area if possible.