TEXAS CITY

Three people were injured in a five-vehicle crash that shut down traffic on Interstate 45 for nearly an hour on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The crash happened on the northbound side of the highway near the Holland Road exit.

The crash started when a van rear-ended another vehicle, starting a chain reaction that ended up damaging four other vehicles, said Texas City Police Department Sgt. Randall Elmo Johnston II.

The van driver had to be extracted from his vehicle, Johnston said. He was flown by helicopter to a local hospital, but his injuries weren't life-threatening.

Two other people were treated for minor injuries, Johnston said.

Police planned to cite the van driver for failure to control speed, Johnston said. The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to $200.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(2) comments

Terry Moore

Failure to control speed and a 200 max fine? The mess he caused trickled down to late appts, danger to others, life flight for non-threatening injuries. Looked like a business van. Though I couldn't tell what business name.

Doug Sivyer

Same ole story. Driving to fast and following to closely.

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