Fatal accident shuts down Katy Freeway

HOUSTON The crash blocked traffic along the freeway for most of Tuesday morning. Three of the children who were hurt in that wreck are being treated for their injuries at Texas Children's Hospital.

While speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, we've learned that at least two the kids may not have been properly restrained.

The wreck was so bad that toys and other belongings from a white Plymouth Voyager littered the pavement. It was a crash so intense that one of its passengers did not survive. She was six years old.

"We've got six injured, three drivers and three children and the one deceased," reported Sgt. G.T. Hall with the Houston Police Department.

The westbound lanes at Kirkwood were shut down for several hours. Police say all three vehicles were travelling in the center lane. A Dodge Charger slowed down because of a disabled tire. The driver of the Voyager slowed down to help when a black Ford Explorer slammed into the back of it. The six-year-old was killed by the sheer force of the impact.

"I don't know if the child was restrained," said Sgt. Hall. "The child appeared to be moved into the front, into the middle seat, so they may not have been restrained, those who were in the backseat."

Of the four children, an infant strapped in a child safety seat appears to be the only one who was properly restrained. While police are ruling out speed as a factor, the investigation is continuing.

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