I-45 Wreck

A wreck involving an SUV and a towed camper trailer blocks traffic on Interstate 45 near Teichman Road in Galveston on Saturday.

KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News

GALVESTON — Three people were in critical condition Saturday after a sport utility vehicle rammed into a parked travel trailer on Broadway just south of the causeway.

The accident shut down traffic on the inbound side of the Galveston Causeway as far back at the Texas City Wye. Police cleared the wreck and had reopened all lanes by 7:40 p.m.

According to police on the scene, a man driving a Jeep Cherokee and towing a Dutchman travel trailer. His nephew — who was following his uncle in another vehicle — had pulled over on the shoulder near Lewis Lane to secure a loose window on the trailer. As they were working on the window, a 2006 Ford Explorer driving fast hit the rear end of the trailer and the two men.

The Explorer rolled over before returning upright. 

All three people were taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch by ambulance. All three were in critical but stable condition, police said. The driver was suffering from arm injuries. No information about the injuries of driver of the Jeep and his nephew was available.

Galveston police Sgt. Chris Sanderson said that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

(5) comments

Patricia Barrios

Sad ti see this, looks like someone was almost here to enjoy this incredible Island and weather. People need to slow down and pay attention! Hope all are ok.

Andrea Bailey

good promo for Steve Lee's billboard in the background. So sad fot those poor people involved.

J. Shaffer

I'm not blaming the trailer driver.... but it's always a good idea to get out of traffic before securing your vehicle. There are lots of large parking lots on Broadway.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all involved.

George Croix

An 8' wide x10' tall large white box in front of you, and you manage to run into it.
Check the phone records...

Brenda Bock

Why was the freeway shut down for so long? Heard on the scanner folks were trying to get to UTMB with unrelated issues. Same thing happened the day before with the one car wreck headed Northbound - a death was involved in that one though. Very tragic. Understand when have to shut down road for lifeflight, but this was not the case yesterday.
No disrespect to the injured or deceased intended.

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