POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - DPS is saying high winds during Thursday's storm caused an 18-wheeler to flip on US 59 in Polk County.
According to the report, Andrew Gregory, 44, from Memphis, was driving a 2010 International truck and trailer southbound on US 59, just north of Leggett, during a strong storm passing through the area. He said he had stopped at the southbound rest area but decided to drive again when it appeared the weather had receded. He said when he got back onto the highway, his rig was hit by strong winds which overturned his vehicle.
Gregory was not injured.
DPS spokesman David Hendry said there were reports a tornado caused the crash. However, according to Dan Reilly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, a tornado has not been confirmed.
"It very easily could have been a big gust of wind or a weak tornado," he said. "These big tractor-trailers are known for flipping with a big cross-wind. For now, we're calling it a downburst wind but we're still investigating."