Texas deputy Robert Howard dead after car crash with 18-wheeler, another deputy injured

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Texas deputy Robert Howard dead after car crash with 18-wheeler, another deputy injured

A Texas sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday after a crash with an 18-wheeler truck on a Houston-area freeway and another was injured during an escort to the hospital, authorities said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Adam Howard, 27, died a short time after the incident on State Highway 249 in a Houston suburb.

He was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition before he died, authorities said. 

During the escort of Howard to the hospital, a second deputy on a motorcycle was injured during a crash as authorities were blocking traffic, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. 

That deputy was not seriously injured, he said. 

Images of the scene showed a commercial truck on the side of the freeway and a sheriff’s patrol vehicle smashed on its left side with the roof ripped off. 

All northbound lanes on the freeway were closed as authorities investigate. 

The sheriff's patrol vehicle is seen smashed on its left side with the roof ripped off following the fatal crash.
The sheriff’s patrol vehicle is seen smashed on its left side with the roof ripped off following the fatal crash.
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