Boy helps save brother after fiery crash that killed dad

KHOU 11's Melissa Correa reports

HOUSTON - Houston Police say a brave little boy helped save his younger brother after a fiery crash killed their dad on Interstate 45 early Friday.

Police say the dad lost control of his family's moving truck for unknown reasons. He struck a barrier and then a concrete pillar, flipping the truck. The father died at the scene as the ripped apart big rig caught on fire.

His two young boys, a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, were in the truck when the crash occurred.

Despite being thrown from the truck, officers said the 5-year-old boy was somehow not seriously hurt and was able to tell police what happened.

“The 5-year-old actually advised us that he pulled his 2-year-old little brother out from the 18-wheeler wreckage,” said Sgt. James Roque. “The 2-year-old did have some severe burns to his body, but he’s at Memorial Hermann and they’re saying he’s expected to be okay.”

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The older brother said their mom was driving an R.V. in front of them but kept going, apparently unaware there was a crash.

The crash was first reported around 1:20 a.m. just inside Beltway 8, shutting down in the inbound lanes for several hours. The freeway mainlanes reopened shortly before 6 a.m., but the southbound frontage road remained blocked.

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