Two-year-old girl in child safety seat unhurt in crash that killed woman and teen
Two-year-old girl in child safety seat unhurt in crash that killed woman and teen. (photo credit: KHOU-TV)
Investigators say a two-year-old girl in a child safety seat appeared to be unhurt in a crash that killed a mother and teenage daughter in the same vehicle, according to information Mont Belvieu Police Chief Jimmy Ellison provided to KFDM/Fox 4 News.
Police responded to the crash at about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 11900 block of Eagle Drive, a two-lane north/south thoroughfare in Mont Belvieu. The crash on Eagle Drive was about 1/4 mile north of FM 565.
The Mont Belvieu Police Department responded, along with Mont Belvieu Fire and EMS units. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, including a 2010 Dodge Nitro SUV and a 2013 Peterbilt tractor truck towing a large flatbed trailer.
Chief Ellison says officers found that the 40-year-old female driver and 13-year-old female rear-seat passenger in the Dodge Nitro had died inside the vehicle.
A third-occupant, a two-year-old girl, was alive and alert inside her rear-seat child restraint system. The child appeared to be uninjured. She was flown via air ambulance to a Houston-area hospital as a precaution. The driver/sole-occupant of the tractor-trailer rig was uninjured.
Initial information indicates that the tractor-trailer rig was northbound on Eagle Drive, attempting a U-turn across both lanes of traffic. The truck became stuck in the right-of-way area during the U-turn, which left the flatbed trailer extended across both lanes of traffic. The southbound Dodge Nitro then struck the trailer as it extended across both lanes of traffic.
The Mont Belvieu Police Department is the lead investigating agency and was assisted by the Baytown Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. The roadway was reopened at 4:00 p.m.
This investigation is active. Next-of-kin notifications have been completed. The fatalities were identified as a mother, age 40, and daughter, age 13, both from Liberty.
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