Concrete mixer truck flies off Beltway 8 East overpass and crushes family’s truck, killing 22-month-old boy in eastern Harris County

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 22-month-old boy, traveling in a pickup truck with his twin sister, mother and grandmother, was crushed to death when a concrete mixer truck left an overpass and landed on his family’s vehicle.

The incident occurred just before 2:30 p.m. Friday along Beltway 8 East and Woodforest Boulevard, where people working nearby were shocked to see the strange occurrence in front of them.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the concrete mixer was heading south on the beltway when it started to rain in the area. The truck then lost control on the slippery road, crashed into a barrier wall and flew off the overpass onto the side street below.

In a tragic moment, the heavy truck landed on an SUV crossing the intersection.

That moment was captured on a nearby workplace security camera.

“Holy (expletive)! Holy (expletive)!” one of the workers is heard saying in a video obtained by ABC13.

“He landed in a car! He landed in a car!” says another worker.

Several people in that business ran into the rubble to do their best to save the people inside.

“At first, we tried to grab the baby, first of all. She was a little bit immobilized and I was reaching behind my arms, (but) the front seat was a little hard to reach. And he just started pulling the front seat I started pulling the car seat to get the baby out and we were able to get her out before she got trapped,” said Raymond Romo, who tried to help.

Lt. Simon Cheng, who works with the HCSO Vehicular Crimes Division, said a 54-year-old woman was in the driver’s seat and a 22-year-old man was in the front passenger seat. A boy and a girl were in the back seat.

The women and the girl were able to escape, but witnesses said the boy was trapped.

“We try to do what we can,” said Joe Tijerina, another witness who intervened to save the family. “Everyone had to get together to see if there was any way we could move the (concrete mixer). We had an 18-wheeler try to tie a chain to it to get it out. We had a big four-by-four double truck.” I mean, he just wasn’t moving.”

Despite best efforts, the boy died at the scene. The women and the girl suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

A 36-year-old woman driving the concrete mixer truck also suffered minor injuries. She told deputies that her vehicle began to skid just before the truck left the overpass.

The truck driver also showed no signs of intoxication at the time and the vehicle’s tires showed no signs of defect, Cheng said.

Towing and hazmat crews spent much of the afternoon working to remove wreckage and clean up spilled fuel from the accident.

A crash reconstruction team, the Harris County Forensic Science Institute and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office were also called to the scene as part of the investigation.

Cheng said he didn’t immediately see any probable cause to support the charges.

“I called my wife and told her to give my children a hug and a kiss, to give them a hug and a kiss because you never know,” Romo added.

This was the second time in as many days that a freak accident on a Houston-area highway had turned deadly.

The loose tire of an 18-wheeler ricocheted off the northbound lanes of I-45 near Louetta when it struck a driver’s windshield Thursday, killing him.

SEE MORE: Man killed when 2 loose tires from 18-wheeler hit 2 vehicles on I-45 near Louetta, sheriff says

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