Responders pull man out of crushed rig

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - About 20 emergency responders worked for more than an hour on getting a man out of a rig after he had slid off Hwy. 59 south.

According to DPS trooper Bryan Henry, the man said the rig "took off on him" four miles from Diboll and he slid in the wet grass at least 40 yards. By the time he had stopped, his load of logs had crushed the cab.

The man, whose name is not immediately available, was stuck in the cab for more than an hour. Rescue personnel finally turned him around and he was able to get out of the window of the cab. He was driving a truck apparently owned by J.D. Nerren of Huntington, as was labeled on the side of the rig.

Before he was able to get out of the cab, a rig used to get logs off a trailer was brought in but got stuck in the mud.

Henry said the driver was in good condition, despite his leg being pinned.

As of 5:30 p.m., traffic was diverted to one lane on the southbound side as personnel worked to clean up the wreck.

Tuesday his truck was recovered.  The driver was treated and released from Memorial Hospital.