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Northwest Freeway closed until 5 p.m. after deadly fiery crash

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It will be a commuting nightmare for those living in northwest Harris County.  A deadly fiery explosion of an 18-wheeler has closed both inbound and outbound lanes of highway 290 at Barker Cypress.

Investigators say the accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. It appears the 18-wheeler hit a guard rail and then lost control.

That impact caused the fuel tanks on the big rig to rupture and spark the fire.  The 18-wheeler tipped over to it's side spilling tens of thousands of apples onto the freeway.

According to Harris County accident investigators the driver of the 18-wheeler died at the scene.  A passenger in the rig was ejected.  That passenger was further injured trying to pull the driver from the burning vehicle.

The identities of the two haven't been released but investigators tell FOX 26 both are from Rockdale and were hauling the apples from Washington state to Houston.

The 18-wheeler and its cargo was only 25 miles from it's destination when the accident happened.

It was heading to a farmer's market off Airline Drive.

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