Ellis County

1 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on I-45 in Ellis County Early Monday

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A fatal crash shut down Interstate 45 in both directions Monday morning in Ellis County.

According to police, the crash happened around 3 a.m. at near the exit for Palmer, about 20 minutes south of Interstate 20.

Police say a woman was driving an SUV northbound on I-45 when, for unknown reasons, she crossed over the median and struck an 18-wheeler head-on in the southbound lanes.

The driver of the SUV was ejected. Police confirmed the woman died. No further details about injuries or identity have been released.

At one point, debris was burning on both sides of the interstate.

All lanes of the freeway were reopened after about 6:30 a.m.

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