Several injured in multi-vehicle crash

January 22, 2008 11:24:25 AM PST
Police continue to investigate a serious three-vehicle accident on the northwest side of town. One person was critically injured in the accident involving two passenger cars and a big rig. Investigators say slick roads may have played a role in the wreck.

It happened just before the morning rush hour on the North Loop near Ella.

"We had two collisions out of it," said Sgt. J.T. Hall with the Houston Police Department.

It was a three-car accident, which sent an 18-wheeler crashing through a guard rail and into the Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital sign.

"We had a van that was traveling at a slow rate of speed on the freeway with its flashers on. It got rear ended by a Mustang. However, that was minor accident," said Sgt. Hall. "The Mustang swerved off to the right and then the van that was still in the moving lanes got rear-ended by an 18-wheeler."

The impact caused critical injuries to one the people in the van.

"A passenger in the van was thrown out the back, is what we were told and that person was not expected to live," said Sgt. Hall.

Hospital employees rushed to help the father and son who were in the 18-wheeler. We are told both are OK. The two women who were in the Mustang that first hit the van were treated and released. The conditions of the two other people who were in the van are unknown.

"Any possible charges at this time?" we asked.

"Not at this time, it will be later down the road. It will probably take us a while to figure this one out," said Sgt. Hall.

Investigators say the person ejected is in serious condition with life-threatening injuries and may actually be able to pull through this.

The 18-wheeler had a load of bricks, which spilled all over the feeder road at Ella and 610. Investigators say the road will most likely be closed for the next several hours.

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