Bottle Blamed For 5-Vehicle Crash, Two Children in Critical Condition
Houston, TX – Two children are in critical condition after a 5-vehicle crash involving a big rig happened on Tuesday morning along I-10.
Authorities say a motorist, driving a white pickup truck, was traveling westbound at approximately 7 a.m. when he slowed in a travel lane.
Investigators say the man reported that a water bottle became lodged under his brake and gas pedals.
The motorist then engaged his hazard lights, but it was not in time to prevent setting off a chain reaction crash.
Two vehicles behind the white truck were able to successfully avoid a collision, but a third, a gray Dodge Ram pickup truck, did not, according to investigators.
It struck the first pickup truck.
A tractor-trailer following the Dodge then collided with the Dodge causing the pickup to spin, police say.
Children ages 3 and 9 were inside the Dodge and suffered severe injuries, according to a report from local news outlet ABC13.
The 3-year-old suffered a brain hemorrhage and the 9-year-old sustained a skull fracture, according to the report.
The young victims were flown to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery.
There is not an update on their conditions at this time.
Authorities have not released their findings as to whether the 3-year-old child was properly secured in a car seat.
Further, officials said two other vehicles were also involved in the chain reaction.
Fortunately, all other drivers and passengers were not seriously hurt.
Police say their investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) will monitor any new developments.
(Images courtesy of ABC13)