Early Thursday, a driver rolled her vehicle after she mistook an embankment on Highway 288 for an exit ramp.
According to Houston police, the incident took place in the southbound lanes near Old Spanish Trail on Highway 288 at about 12:45am Thursday. Police have indicated that the woman drove up the embankment and crashed into a chain link fence, at which point her vehicle slid back down the embankment and landed upside down.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and had to free the woman from the wreckage. She was then taken to Ben Taub hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
The female driver said that she thought the embankment was an exit ramp. Alcohol does not appear to have been involved in the accident, according to police.
To determine exactly what factors contributed to this accident, it will be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation. This is something that the driver may be interested in pursuing, as an investigation may reveal that the accident was not her fault. If poor lighting or a similar roadway hazard created a situation where an embankment could have reasonably been mistaken for an exit ramp, the party responsible for designing and maintaining that area of Highway 288 could be held legally responsible. Of course, this is all conjecture at this point, without a careful review of physical evidence to support the theory.
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