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Heavy rain and limited visibility are listed as contributing factors in a crash that left a freight truck driver pinned behind the wheel for nearly an hour on Monday, August 15.
Encinal police say that as much-needed rain swept across South Texas Monday morning a 29-year-old man lost control of the tractor-trailer rig he was driving, causing the vehicle to collide with the rear of a freighter ahead of him.
“He was traveling in the southbound lanes on IH-35,” Encinal Police Lt. Angel Esparza said Monday afternoon.
Early weather reports for La Salle County in the final hours of the 24-hour storm indicate some areas of the region received at least four and a half inches of rain last weekend.
“A nearby creek overflowing and the interstate being flooded were definitely contributing factors,” the officer said.
Emergency personnel stood in nearly five feet of water as they worked to unpin the man before he was transported to a Laredo hospital by ambulance.
As of press time the man was reported to be in stable condition.