Metal Swingset on Southwest Freeway Turns into Fatal Accident

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Imagine something like this in the middle of the freeway in front of you.
In what has to be one of the most bizarre and unfortunate incidents on Houston highways this holiday season, the driver of a car is dead after being struck from behind by another vehicle on the Southwest Freeway the day after Christmas. The culprit: a metal swingset sitting in the middle of the road.

According to a police report, the driver of a black Chevrolet Aveo was traveling northbound at around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when he tried to avoid the swingset sitting in his lane. He struck it and lost control of his car, crossing multiple lanes of traffic and hitting the back of a silver Nissan Murano, which rolled several times.

The driver of the Murano, an unidentified 31-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Aveo remained on the scene and there are no indications that alcohol was a factor in the incident. There have also been no charges filed as the investigation continues.

Basically, someone lost their load on the freeway and, as a result, someone else lost his life, and another man is going to have to live with having killed someone even if it was in an accident. That's a serious bummer for the day after Christmas.

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Well written article about an issue that has irked me every since I've been driving the frwys! I hope family or friends of whomever was transporting this heap of metal would speak up.

if they want to do ANYTHING constructive with these useless cameras around town that we didn't ask for, is this: Move them to the freeway entrances and use them to capture pics of vehicles entering freeways to be used in review of accidents that may have occurred at locations between camera entrances and exits.

This way, when something THIS tragic occur and no one around to claim their swing set, the pics can be reviewed to see which vehicle entered the frwy with such a load description.

Otherwise I do NOT promote red-light cameras.


I see people with overloaded pickup trucks filled with scrap and garbage every single day on the highways.  I regularly find myself avoiding pieces of debris, whether they be mattresses or tires.  This was a horrible, completely avoidable accident... but I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.

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