Woman dead, children among several hurt after SUV crashes off bridge on Gulf Freeway in La Marque

LA MARQUE, Texas – A woman died and four others, including children, were critically hurt after a car fell off a bridge on I-45 in La Marque late Monday night, officials said.

Authorities with La Marque Police Department responded to a crash on the Gulf Freeway southbound near FM 1765 and Delaney Street at around 11:30 p.m.

Officials with Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said a 26-year-old woman driving a 2005 Ford Escape lost control after reportedly speeding on the highway. She hit a wall and flipped multiple times before crashing over a railing, landing on the roadway below the bridge.

The woman died at the scene of the crash.

Four children -- two 3-year-olds and two 6-year-olds were rushed to an area hospital, where they all remain in critical condition.

Authorities do not know if seatbelts were worn, or if any of the children were in their car seats.

Investigators found two car seats in the SUV.

No additional vehicles were involved in the crash.

An investigation remains ongoing by authorities with Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, who are working to determine what caused the crash.

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