The northbound lanes of Interstate 45 were shut down for six hours on Sunday morning after a two-car wreck that left one driver dead and another arrested on intoxicated manslaughter charges.

According to police, Blisha Marie Puga, 35, was traveling north on Gulf Freeway in a black Saab when she swerved into the next lane of traffic. Her car struck a Ford Taurus, crushing the vehicle’s right side. The driver of the Taurus, a 49-year-old woman, died at the scene. Her name has not been released.

The accident occurred about 5:10 a.m. Sunday, but authorities kept the roadway closed while they investigated the accident. Northbound lanes were reopened about 11 a.m.

The Houston auto accident attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury know that holiday weekends can be a dangerous time on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 397 people killed over the Memorial Day weekend in 2010, of which 40 percent were alcohol-related.

If you were injured or a family member killed by a drunk driver, contact our firm for assistance.