Driver of truck that plunged into Texas river feared dead


Authorities in Channelview, Texas east of Houston are searching for the driver of a tractor-trailer that plunged off Interstate 10 and into the San Jacinto River in the early morning hours today.

The crash occurred at about 3:45 a.m. when an eastbound tractor-trailer and a Chevrolet Cavalier collided. The truck continued on, but the Cavalier spun around and came to a stop facing eastbound but with no lights on. It was then struck by a second tractor-trailer, which broke through a guardrail and fell into the river some 30 feet below.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Department was being assisted by the Coast Guard in the search for the driver of the second tractor-trailer.

The Houston Chronicle reports that authorities fear the trucker died in the crash. The occupants of the Cavalier were not seriously injured.