WebXtra: Man rescued from SUV in Sabine River

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - It was a scary morning for a Grand Saline man after witnesses tell us he fell asleep behind the wheel, only to wake up in the Sabine River.

Around 11:30 a.m., Friday authorities tell us they received a call that a man was trapped inside his SUV off Hwy 69 North at the Smith-Wood County line.  Authorities say the man, who is in his 30's, hit a guardrail and his SUV ended up half way in the Sabine River.  Fortunately, Joe Terry and his wife were nearby to help before rescuers got there.

"As I drove by I saw his car in the water, and I just wanted to make sure, I'm sorry I'm kind of emotional," said Terry.  "I just wanted to make sure he was alright, so we turned around and came back.  He's (victim) from Grand Saline, and he said his parents have been in the hospital and just been up too many hours and thought he fell asleep and hit a guardrail, but he was trapped in the car."  The driver's name has not yet been released.  We're told he's awake and talking, and has been taken to a local hospital.

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