By: Rosa Flores/ 11 News
CONROE, Texas—An SUV carrying 11 people crashed on I-45 late Tuesday night, killing the driver and leaving a child in critical condition.
Conroe police said it happened on I-45 southbound at FM 1488 around 11:30 p.m.
According to investigators, the Ford Explorer lost control, went over a grassy median and flipped at least once.
The 61-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, and eight more of the SUV’s occupants – including a 6-month-old child who was riding in the front passenger seat with its mother -- were taken to various local hospitals.
One of the injured occupants, an 11-year-old child, was in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Wednesday morning.
“That vehicle was not designed for that type of weight or that load, so that has to be a factor in the accident,” Sgt. John Buckholtz of the Conroe Police Department said.
Police said no one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, and they were still working Wednesday to determine the exact cause of the crash.
“It looks like there is a good possibility he jerked the steering wheel … It doesn’t look like there is any mechanical failure with the vehicle, but that will be pending investigation,” Buckholtz said.
The identities of the deceased and injured have yet to be released, but police said they were all related.