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Roll bar saves man's life after he runs a red light
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Police believe a roll bar saved the life of a man who ran a red light and caused a collision that left his truck upside down.
The accident at I-10 and Calder in Beaumont, delayed a woman who delivers meals to the elderly.
This is where the truck landed, at the intersection of I-10 and Calder.
Only seconds before a woman clipped by the truck explains what happened.
"I was waiting for the light to turn green and when I heard the terrible noise in my car and I turned," Laura Andrade says.
Andrade was headed to some other place to pick up meals on wheels food to deliver.
"It was that blue truck that passed so fast and the other truck he was next to and it's what happened in that accident," Andrade describes.
She says the driver of blue truck clipped her car and knocked off her side mirror.
"The truck traveling on Calder ran the red light and impacted the truck on the intersection," Sergeant Tom Meadows with the Beaumont Police Department says.
"That noise it was so terrible that I didn't know what it was happening to me," Andrade said.
Andrade and the people in the white truck weren't hurt.
The driver, police say caused the accident, had to go to a hospital.
"The truck had rolled over on him and we're believing that the roll bar is the only thing that saved his life," Andrade says.
A life spared and now, questions raised about why he ran the light.
"The light was still red I don't know where he was going, but he was really fast," Andrade remembers.
First responders cleared the wreck scene.
Those involved counted the minutes before they could leave too.
"I want to go home and rest because I'm very shaken. I've never seen such a thing and I just pray to the Lord that man is alive."
Beaumont police say it's important to remember more drivers share the roads during the holiday season.
They urge you to pay attention, slow down and buckle up.