Toddler dead after concrete truck falls off viaduct and crushes family car


A toddler has died after an accident in which a concrete truck fell off an overpass and crushed a family vehicle.

The incident occurred near Houston around 2:30 p.m. local time on Friday. The concrete mixer was reportedly driving south on Beltway 8 East Highway when it began to rain, eventually causing the large vehicle to lose control of the slippery road and land over the edge near Woodforest in East Harris County, TSWT 13. reported.

The truck collided with an SUV driving over 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.

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Three of the vehicle’s occupants were able to get out of the crushed SUV with the help of witnesses who came to the scene, but the male twins became trapped, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Despite the best efforts of those present, the toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.

A toddler was killed in Texas on Friday after a concrete mixer ran off an overpass and crushed an SUV. Above is a representative image of a concrete truck.
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As for his sister, “she was a little stuck, and I reached back, [but] the front seat was a little hard to get to,” witness Raymond Romo told TSWT 13. “I started pulling the car seat to get the baby out and we were able to get her out before she got stuck.”

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The driver, her daughter and granddaughter were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. Their identities have not been disclosed to the public.

“We’ve tried to do what we can,” added Joe Tijerina, another witness who tried to help the family. “Everyone had to come together to see if we could [concrete mixer]. We had an 18-wheeler try to put a chain on it to pull it off. We had a big four-by-four double truck. I mean, it just didn’t get out of hand.”

The concrete truck was driven by an unnamed 36-year-old woman, who claimed the wet roads caused the vehicle to skid before spiraling out of control. Harris County Sheriff Lieutenant Lieutenant Commander of the Vehicle Crime Division, confirmed to the local press that the driver showed no signs of intoxication and that the vehicle had no defects that could have contributed to the accident.

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An investigation into the accident began at the scene with the help of a crash reconstruction team, the County Institute of Forensic Sciences and the county’s District Attorney’s Office. Cheng said he saw no reason to press charges as of Saturday.

News week contacted the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

A somewhat similar incident occurred in April in San Antonio when two 18-wheel trucks on Interstate 10 collided, causing one of the vehicles to partially go over the edge of the highway.


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