Man drives truck into water at ferry

May 14, 2008 4:42:11 PM PDT
The Lynchburg Ferry will be closed the rest of the night after a man drove his pickup truck into the water. Dive teams were called out to the area near the San Jacinto Monument. Eyewitnesses say around 3pm, the man drove his truck right off the ferry landing into the water. He reportedly drove around the line of cars, and didn't put up a struggle. He grabbed the steering wheel and just kept going. The truck went under, and the man didn't come up.

For those who tried to help the man, they say it was very hard to watch.

Eyewitness Alida Carrier recalled, "I was telling him to roll down his window and try to get him to crawl out, at least, as the truck was going under water. He was shaking his head no. He locked the doors and just sat there and went completely under water."

"You wanted to do something, but you couldn't. The people over there wouldn't let us get in the water," said eyewitness Greg Hinojosa. "We were going to dive in and get after him, but, you know, you could probably die, too. I don't know what would trigger somebody to do something like that. It's terrible."

The driver was reportedly a white male in his 30s or 40s. He was believed to be alone in the pickup. The man's body will be taken to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

This is being treated as a crime scene until it officially determined an accident or suicide. The ferry will resume operations Thursday morning.

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