HOUSTON, Texas -- Police say a man was hit while he was changing his tire on the shoulder of the North Freeway at West Road.
It happened early Sunday morning. Police say a white Mazda sedan hit the man and his car, causing a major chain-reaction crash involving a total of five vehicles.
Police say the driver of the Mazda fled the scene on foot and left the sedan behind.
Police initially reported the incident as a fatal crash, but they later learned the man lost a leg and is expected to live.
He's the only person in the crash that was injured.
All lanes reopened around 9:30 a.m.
Police say car breakdowns along freeways can be dangerous and say drivers should not try to fix their cars on the side of the road.
Man loses leg while changing tire on freeway causing chain-reaction crash, police say