HOUSTON –- An 8-year-old boy and a woman were killed when their car slammed into a concrete pillar along the Gulf Freeway late Tuesday morning, police said.
A third person, a man, was critically injured and sent to the hospital.
Houston TranStar reported the crash happened at 10:26 a.m. in the freeway’s northbound lanes near El Dorado Boulevard.
Houston police said the young boy was in a booster seat but was still thrown from the vehicle upon impact.
“According to my witnesses, she was driving and all of a sudden just lost control of the car for no apparent reason,” Officer David Knapp said.
Police said the car was not speeding, but they were investigating unconfirmed claims that texting-while-driving may have played a role in the crash.
Police said the victims lived just a couple of miles from the crash site.
As of noontime Tuesday, the freeway had one northbound mainlane closed as well as the frontage road. A slight backup was reported on the mainlanes due to rubbernecking.