The accident was reported around 8:20 a.m. on the northbound side of the Interstate 610 East Loop.
According to Houston police and one witness, a smaller vehicle cut the tractor-trailer off, causing the truck driver to veer off course to avoid a crash.
The 18-wheeler broke through the railing of the Ship Channel bridge, plummeted 150 feet, and landed upside down on a section of the Huntsman International plant on the south banks of the bayou.
Police say the driver died as rescuers worked to free him from the truck’s cabin.
The accident caused several lanes of the freeway to close, and drivers were asked to avoid the area where the crash took place.
The Texas Department of Transportation is evaluating the condition of the bridge and will be working to repair the area for several days.
Information below provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
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