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HOUSTON - Two people were sent to the hospital after a Mazda RX-8 slammed into a tree in an early-morning crash near Webster on Tuesday.

Officers with the Houston Police Department said the car was traveling eastbound on El Dorado Boulevard when the driver, a male, lost control and struck a curb near Zabolio Drive. The car then hit a tree.

Police said a female passenger was pinned under the dash and had to be removed by firefighters.

Both the driver and the passenger were sent to the hospital and were expected to survive.

There was no early word on what caused the crash.

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