An off-duty police officer and another man died in a wrong-way crash early Monday on Interstate 45 in southeast Houston.

The two-vehicle crash happened about 2:30 a.m. on the outbound Gulf Freeway near Almeda Genoa, according to the Houston Police Department.

Both men, whose names have not been released, died at the scene.

said the driver of a Chrysler 300 was traveling northbound in the
southbound lanes of the freeway when he slammed into a Scion X8, which
was traveling southbound.

The drivers were each alone in their cars. They died on impact.

The driver of the Scion X8 was a law enforcement officer with a small local agency who was on his way to work.

Police did not release details about how long the wrong-way driver had been on the freeway or where he entered the freeway.

The crash forced officials to temporarily shutdown the southbound lanes while crews worked to clear the scene.

The crash is being investigated.