2 East Texans hospitalized in tanker truck rollover

2 East Texans hospitalized in tanker truck rollover
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JIM WELLS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two East Texas men were hospitalized following an oil tanker crash on Tuesday outside of Corpus Christi.

According to ABC Affiliate KIII, the driver overcorrected and ended up rolling his tanker truck on its side around 10 a.m. Tuesday off of an FM road off Highway 281 near the Live Oak County line.

KIII reports that the Jaws of Life were called to the scene to extricate the driver, who had been trapped inside of the tanker's cab for two hours. A passerby was able to help the passenger out of the cab immediately following the accident.

The driver, William Pugh, 31, of Mineola, reportedly asked a DPS Trooper on the scene to tell his wife and kids he loved them, thinking he wouldn't survive.

Pugh was taken to an area hospital; KIII reports he is conscious and his vital signs are stable.

Passenger 30-year-old Bobby Williams, of Quitman, was hospitalized following the rollover, but has since been released.

The tanker was carrying crude oil, an extremely flammable and hazardous material.

The tanker belonged to Lesley Services out of White Oak, TX.  Officials say the truck was headed to Corpus Christi when it rolled over.

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