Friday, February 12, 2016
1012 C Street Floresville, TX 78114 Phone: 830-216-4519 Fax: 830-393-3219
Rush-hour fire means smoky U.S. 181 commute
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
A firefighter hoses down a mangled Ford Ranger that rolled into an embankment Aug. 8 on southbound U.S. 181.
Wilson County NewsAugust 8, 2011, 6:30pm 3,430 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- A blown tire is being eyed as the cause of a one-vehicle crash and fire Aug. 8 on U.S. 181 north of here.
Trooper Michael Baumann of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol said 43-year-old Gearis Charles Herndon of Floresville was traveling southbound in a Ford Ranger pickup truck at approximately 4:15 p.m. when it is believed that one of the truck’s front tires blew out. This, Baumann said, caused Herndon to lose control of the pickup truck, which skidded into a guardrail. The truck then rolled down an embankment, coming to rest on its wheels before bursting into flames.
The blaze quickly spread into nearby brush. Firefighters from both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department battled the flames amid the 100-plus degree daytime heat. Baumann said that Herndon, who escaped the wreckage with minor injuries, was trans-ported via ambulance to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville. As of 6:15 p.m., his condition was unavailable.
Baumann urges drivers to be mindful of the condition of their vehicle’s tires amid sweltering summertime temperatures. Because the pavement is often hotter than the actual air temperature, dry, cracked rubber on tires can separate and cause dangerous blowouts.
Your Opinions and Comments
Share your comment or opinion on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Breaking News Archives
UPDATE: Floresville mayor withdraws criminal trespass warning (February 11, 2016)
UPDATE: Angel Yara has been found (February 9, 2016)
Red flag warning issued Feb. 8 for Wilson County (February 8, 2016)
UPDATE: Search continues for one of two missing San Antonio teens (February 8, 2016)
Act responsibly when consuming alcohol (February 4, 2016)
Two sought after police chase, crash in Floresville (February 2, 2016)
DPS: $8,000 reward for this month's featured fugitive (February 1, 2016)
Local rainfall totals (February 1, 2016)
SAPD seeks help locating missing woman (February 1, 2016)