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Independence Day begins with three fatal road accidents in Houston area

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Three traffic accidents in the Houston area on Independence Day morning ended with reports of deaths.

One driver died following an accident on Richmond Avenue near Hillcroft Drive in southwest Houston at around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Police determined that she drove at a high rate of speed, lost control of the car, it jumped a curb, and the car crashed into a tree in front of a home.

Only minutes earlier before 2 a.m. Friday, a driver behind the wheel of a Nissan Xterra was traveling the wrong way on Fannin Street in downtown Houston when the sport utility vehicle crashed into a Yellow Cab van and a Mercedes car before flipping onto its side. The driver of the Xterra died as a result of the accident.

The people who were in the cab were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries.

The driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a tree on Compaq Center West Drive near Noble Energy Way in northwest Harris County after 12:30 a.m. Friday. After the Avalanche rolled over, it caught fire. Someone driving by the accident scene stopped and tried to remove the driver from the burning vehicle, but the flames became too intense and the driver died, explained Harris County Sheriff's Office Sgt. S. Wolverton.

A bicyclist died in an accident reported before 10 p.m. Thursday on Melbourne Street near Irvington Boulevard in northeast Houston. He was trying to cross the street when the driver of pickup truck proceeded to make a right turn. The truck struck the bicycle and the cyclist died. Charges are pending against the pickup truck driver.
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