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Driver jumps out of log truck as it begins rolling over

JASPER COUNTY - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

A Jasper truck driver escaped with minor leg injuries after he jumped out of his fully loaded log truck as it began to flip over on Tuesday morning. The accident occurred shortly before 10:00 on Recreational Road 255 near the Timber Rock Railroad, just east of U.S. Highway 96 North.

35-year-old Valderrick Fowler told KJAS News that he was westbound in a Mack truck, owned by T & V Trucking Company, when he began experiencing engine trouble while going up a hill. Fowler said the truck stopped near the top of the hill, and then began rolling backwards down the hill, but he discovered that he also had no brakes.

Fowler said the truck went off the highway and began to roll onto its side while heading toward the tree line, so he opened the door and jumped out.

Fowler had a gash to one of his knees and he was treated at the scene by Rayburn First Responders.

The accident was investigated by State Trooper Lester McCray.

Body discovered in PA waterway

PORT ARTHUR -  The Port Arthur Fire Department has recovered the body of a man off South 1st Avenue in Sabine Pass. Investigators are trying to identify the body. 

At about 10 a.m. a boater called 911 saying he saw a body floating in the water.

Port Arthur Police, the Port Arthur Fire Department along with the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene.

The body was recovered a short time later. 

Stay with KFDM for updates on this story.   

Jasper County deputy helps search for drowning victims

JASPER COUNTY/HOUSTON COUNTY - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS & Rayburn Broadcasting Company

A Jasper County game warden was involved in assisting to recover four weekend drowning victims at Houston County Lake near Grapeland. The last two victims were found on Monday following the tragedy, which occurred the previous afternoon.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Dive Team, which included Jasper County Game Warden Justin Eddins, discovered the last body shortly after 10:00 Monday morning.

Officials say the victims are all from the Houston area. They have been identified as Juan Cantu, age mid 50’s, Amy Mendez, 47, Sebastian Chavez, 6, and Antonio Gutierrez, 49.

According to officials, the family rented a canoe on Sunday afternoon and were supposed to return by 4:00 p.m. However, when they didn’t return, searchers went out and found only personal flotation devices floating on the water, and no sign of the people, or the canoe.

The canoe was later found submerged at the bottom of the lake, and it’s believed that it either began taking on water, or capsized.

Investigation underway into death of man found in railcar tank

ORANGE COUNTY -  Orange County Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn tells KFDM News he has ordered an autopsy in the death of a man whose body was found in the tank of a railroad car at the company where the man worked.

Judge Dunn says Martin Parks, Jr., 42, of Beaumont, worked at Rescar on Foreman Road in Orange. Workers there discovered his body at about 10 p.m. Monday. Dunn says there were no visible injuries on the body.

Judge Dunn says Parks was taking part in an employee break from about 5 until 5:30 p.m. when he was last seen.  He returned to his job site and then disappeared, according to Dunn, who says workers began looking for Parks and then discovered his body at about 10 p.m. Monday.

ORANGE COUNTY - From Orange County S.O.

On Monday, July 6, 2015, around 10:10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call about an unresponsive male at Rescar Industries located at 1993 Foreman Road, Orange, Orange County, Texas.

When Deputies arrived, they discovered that one of the workers was found unresponsive inside of a tank car by another employee. The employees gathered safety equipment to hoist the man’s body out of the tank car and onto a stretcher. There were no signs of life and the Justice of the Peace Precinct #2 Judge Dunn ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The deceased man was identified as 42 year old black male, Martin Parks Jr., of Beaumont, Texas. The investigation is ongoing and more information may be released as it becomes available.


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