It happened in the westbound lanes of US-290 near Gessner around 1:30 a.m.
All outbound main lanes of the freeway were closed for nearly five hours as crews worked to find out what exactly happened.
The motorcycle rider died at the scene, according to Houston police. The driver of a pickup that was found a short time later faces intoxication manslaughter charges.
There was no immediate word on the victim’s identity or what may have led to the crash.
Thursday morning’s crash was one of at least three separate fatal traffic incidents in the Houston area overnight.
In Montgomery County, a child and an adult died in a crash involving an 18-wheeler early Thursday.
In north Houston, a motorcycle rider was killed late Wednesday in a crash on Hardy Toll Road.
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