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Storm blows over parked tractor-trailer; heavy rains cause flooding



A system of thunderstorms rolling across North Texas dumped large amounts of rainfall Tuesday morning, creating flooding in areas of Henrietta and Clay County.

The storm that brought of rain the to Henrietta also played havoc with at least on high-profile vehicle when high winds toppled a tractor-trailer rig parked at the northbound rest area on Hwy. 287, south of town.

Volunteer fire fighters from Henrietta and Bellevue, and Clay County EMT’s used the Jaws of Life to remove a woman from the truck. The female driver of the truck was been sleeper compartment when the vehicle turned over.

According to DPS Troopers on scene, the driver of a truck parked next to the overturned vehicle said he heard high winds and what sounded like a train, then a loud boom. The vehicle struck the side of his truck. He was not injured.

The driver of the overturned vehicle was transported by ambulance to Clay County Memorial Hospital.

City of Henrietta employees spent Monday morning barricading flooded intersections. A car had to be pulled from high water on the railroad underpass on Spur 510 south of Henrietta, near the Hwy. 287 intersection, and a one-vehicle accident, caused by wet roads, was reported on FM 1740 near Linville Road. A truck also ran off the road on Hwy. 287, forcing TxDOT to close the southbound lanes near Jolly at 12:45 p.m. The highway was reopened at 1 p.m.

Henrietta received approximately one inch of rain every hour until noon Tuesday, and continues to fall.


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