A toddler has died following an accident in which a concrete truck fell off an overpass and crushed a family vehicle.
The incident happened near Houston on Friday around 2:30 p.m. local time. The concrete mixer truck reportedly headed south on Beltway 8 East when it started to rain, which eventually caused the large vehicle to lose control on the slippery road and roll over on its side in the neighborhood of Woodforest in East Harris County, ABC 13 News reported.
The truck landed on an SUV driving through an intersection. The vehicle was driven by a 54-year-old woman, with her 22-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat and the daughter’s 22-month-old twins (a boy and a girl) in the back seat.
Three of the vehicle’s occupants were able to get out of the crashed SUV with the help of witnesses who rushed to the scene, but the male twin remained stuck, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Despite the efforts of those present, the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.
As for her sister, “she was kind of stuck, and I was reaching out, [but] the front seat was a little hard to get,” witness Raymond Romo told ABC 13. “I started pulling on the car seat to get the baby out and we actually got her out before she gets stuck.”
The driver, her daughter and granddaughter were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. Their identities have not been revealed to the public.
“We tried to do what we could,” added Joe Tijerina, another witness who tried to help the family. “Everyone had to come together to see if there was a way to move the [concrete mixer]. An 18-wheeler tried to attach a chain to him to pull him out. We had a big four-by-four double truck. I mean, it wasn’t moving.”
The concrete truck was driven by an unnamed 36-year-old woman, who claimed wet roads caused the vehicle to skid before spinning out of control. Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. Simon Cheng, Vehicle Crime Division, confirmed to local media that the driver showed no signs of being intoxicated and the vehicle had no defects that could have contributed to the accident. ‘accident.
An investigation into the crash has begun at the scene with assistance from a crash reconstruction team, the county Institute of Forensic Sciences and the county district attorney’s office. Cheng said as of Saturday he saw no probable cause for charges to be filed.
Newsweek contacted the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
A somewhat similar incident occurred in San Antonio in April, when two 18-wheeler trucks collided on Interstate 10, causing one of the vehicles to partially overrun the freeway.