A 22-month-old child died after a cement truck fell onto her family’s car in Harris County, Texas, on Friday afternoon, Click2Houston.com reports.
The driver of the cement truck apparently veered on the overpass so as to miss colliding with another driver, according to the Click2Houston.com report. The cement truck then reportedly crashed into a concrete barrier and became stuck for an undetermined period of time.
Some cars dispersed from beneath the dangling cement truck, before it eventually fell off the overpass. The cement truck landed on Ford Expedition containing a family of four people, according to Click2Houston.com.
Cement Truck Crash: A Tragic Incident
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted about the incident later Friday.
“Tragic incident,” he wrote. “Our units responded to a major crash at the intersection of WoodForest & E Sam Houston Pkwy. It appears a cement truck traveling on the main lanes lost control, went over the overpass and landed on top of a vehicle with four occupants.”
He continued: “Three of the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle, but the 4th, a child (possibly 10 yrs) did not. The child has been confirmed deceased on scene. The intersection of Woodforest & Beltway 8 is shutdown. Please seek alternate routes. #HouNews #HouTraffic”
Harris County Sheriff Lt. Simon Cheng said slick road conditions may have led to the crash.
A man who allegedly works near where the fatal accident occurred apparently said he pulled one child out of the Expedition.
“Luckily, I was able to get out one of them,” the man said, per Click2Houston.com. “But, I couldn’t get out the other.”
He also claimed the Ford Expedition driver was the child’s grandmother and successfully escaped.
“They saw it falling and the grandmother… she just froze and she kind of stopped,” the man reportedly said. “When she stopped, that’s why it landed towards the back of the vehicle.”