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HSCO: Boy in critical condition after fiery Grand Parkway crash; mother charged with intoxication assault

The child's mother, who was driving at the time, is also hospitalized with severe burns but is reportedly stable.

SPRING, Texas — A 6-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after he and his mother were in a fiery crash overnight on the Grand Parkway, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

The Harris County District's Attorney Office confirmed the mother Erika Long, 28, has been charged with intoxication assault, which could be upgraded if the child dies from his injuries.

The crash happened about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on the Grand Parkway near FM 2920.

Investigators said Long was driving down the highway in a Honda Fit when she failed to maintain lanes and crashed into a cable center divider. They said the collision caused the vehicle to catch fire.

Credit: KHOU 11
This is what's left of a car after its driver crashed into a cable barrier on the Grand Parkway, causing the vehicle to catch fire.

When officers arrived, the car was engulfed in flames and the mother and child were found outside the vehicle with severe burns to their bodies.

The child was airlifted to UTMB in Galveston. Meanwhile, his mother was airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital. She was reported to have some burns but is stable.

Investigators have evidence alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the case is still under investigation.

The incident shut down all northbound main lanes of the Grand Parkway, according to Houston TranStar. It's since reopened.

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