Girl dies in bridge collapse near Houston, investigated as homicide

Sealy, Texas bridge collapses on mother and daughter (NBC)

SEALY, Texas (KXAN/KPRC) — A bridge collapsed in Sealy, Texas around 10 a.m. Thursday after a Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) truck crashed into the overpass. Parts of the bridge landed on a car, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring her mother, according to KPRC.

The truck’s boom was in the raised position when it crashed into the Old Highway 90 bridge. KPRC says the incident is being treated as a homicide investigation because of the nature of the crash.

The Sealy City Manager, Larry Kuciemba, says the mother was taken to a Katy hospital in critical condition. The girl who died was sitting in the front passenger seat, while a 9-year-old boy in the back seat was able to escape. KPRC reports the boy was uninjured and has been released to family members.

All lanes of Old Highway 90 at Highway 36 in both directions have been shut down as emergency crews work to clear the debris.

TDS released a statement saying they regret one of their trucks was involved in the incident, adding, “Our deepest sympathies go to the family members and friends.”

The company says they are fully cooperating with the investigation by authorities and will also be conducting their own investigation. The truck driver was not seriously injured.

Sealy is around 50 miles west of Houston.

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