An 11-year-old boy was flown by helicopter ambulance to a Houston hospital Saturday after a major accident that shut down part of Interstate 45 at FM 518.

Officers were responding to a report of a reckless driver about 4:24 p.m. when a driver in a black Camaro was involved in an accident involving another vehicle, said Matt Maggiolino, spokesman for the police department.

About three cars were involved in the accident in the 400 block of the northbound side of the interstate, Maggiolino said.

The boy, who had been in the passenger seat of the Camaro, was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he was in severe, but stable condition, Maggiolino said.

The driver of the Camaro is in custody and is being treated for injuries at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as of late Saturday, Maggiolino said.

Another person suffered minor injuries, Maggiolino.

While officers worked at the scene of the accident, another vehicle drove through the crime scene, which led to a pursuit, Maggiolino said.

That driver was also in custody Saturday, Maggiolino said.

The northbound freeway was closed down to one lane as officers continued work at the scene of the accident as of late Saturday, Maggiolino said.

Maggiolino expected that the closure would stay in effect for at least an hour longer.

All four lanes on Interstate 45 reopened about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

The accident occurred on the northbound side of the interstate at FM 518 about 4:30 p.m., affecting all main lanes, according to Houston Transtar.

League City police confirmed that a major accident had occurred, but had no further details about injuries or damage.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


(3) comments

David Schuler

As of 6:38pm Saturday, Houston Transtar has disabled all traffic cams and live speed info south of FM518 into Galveston. Never seen that before. You can see the freeway closure on the FM518 camera but the rest are simply not available.

Doyle Beard

What would make anyone do such disrespectful thing like driving thru a scene like this. let me know your feelings .

PD Hyatt

If we look around at what is happening in our nation and the world, you can see that respect of authority and just plain respect for others are no longer practiced. What used to be called good is now called evil and what used to be called evil is now what many call good!

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