Truck careens over Trinity River bridge on FM 787

A Porter man was injured Monday when he drove an 18-wheeler off the Trinity River bridge on FM 787 in the Romayor area.

Update: The driver passed away after reaching Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The name is still being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.

A 51-year-old Porter man was critically injured Monday after driving off the Trinity River bridge on FM 787 in north Liberty County to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

The Porter man, who is not being identified at this time by authorities, was driving eastbound on FM 787 in a tractor-trailer truck when a white Ford pickup truck reportedly disregarded the traffic lights at the bridge and continued on into oncoming traffic. The traffic signals were put into place months ago due to a washout of the bridge supports and while repairs are underway.

The tractor-trailer driver reportedly took evasive action to avoid a head-on crash with the pickup truck and veered south, sending the tractor-trailer over the guard railings and onto the shoulder below, landing a short distance from the Trinity River.

Traffic was shut down to traffic on FM 787 in the Romayor area on Monday when a tractor-trailer went over the guardrail and crashed onto the riverbank below.
Traffic was shut down to traffic on FM 787 in the Romayor area on Monday when a tractor-trailer went over the guardrail and crashed onto the riverbank below.

When asked if the driver of the Ford pickup was arrested, DPS spokesperson Sgt. Rob Willoughby said the driver did not stop after causing the accident, so no arrests have been made at this time.

The accident caused traffic to be at a standstill for a couple of hours while the scene was cleared. Smith Towing of Cleveland recovered the wrecked 18-wheeler.

The accident is being investigated by DPS Cpl. Nathaniel Godfrey.

16 COMMENTS

  1. That was a really close friend of mine like family and now he’s gone to some dumb ass that probly not even being looked for

  2. Rest In Peace, dad. If anyone has any information on who my dad saved, please let us know. And if you’re reading this, pickup driver, you could have at least stopped after he gave his life for yours.

    • Her name Julia Mormon lives in ace. A meth addict Texas Rangers are looking for her. She needs to be put BACK in jail

      • Sherry, are you sure that’s who was driving the pickup? If you have information, please email me at ashlynnrachal@yahoo.com and that goes for anyone else who sees this and has any information we could use. I don’t even want them to pay, or to get revenge, I just want to talk to them and ask why.

  3. I miss u so much pat💗💗😭😭
    R.I.P My Love

    Please find the person who caused all this hurt

  4. R.I.P PATT YOUR GOING TO BE MISSED BY MANY MY FRIEND AND KNOW JAMIE HOWARD LOVED YOU AND IS VERY DESTRAUGHT BEHIND LOSING YOU BROTHER R.I.P TIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN MY FRIEND

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