LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — The driver of a Hyundai hitched on for an unwanted - and quite scary — ride Thursday as her small car was dragged by a big rig along a highway.
Authorities said a truck driver from Arkansas was traveling northbound on I-69 around 1 p.m. when he felt a bump while crossing the East Fork San Jacinto River. The driver thought he blew out a front tire on his Peterbilt flatbed and continued going down the highway until he could safely pull over on a shoulder at the end of the bridge.
To his surprise, he did not find a blown tire, he found a Hyundai Sonata attached to the front of his truck.
All four of the Hyundai tires were blown out and there was damage to the driver's side door.
What was even more amazing, is that the Hyundai driver was alive. Very shaken up, to say the least, but thankfully alive.
The 25-year-old Hyundai driver, Erin Reynolds, is a children's book salesperson from Arizona. She was in the process of making a delivery to Coldspring when she said she blinked and then had an 18-wheeler grille in her driver's window.
Reynolds said it seemed like forever as the big rig brought her car along, and smoke was coming from her car as the tires slid on the pavement. Reynolds said she was afraid her vehicle would roll over or catch fire.
Witnesses flooded the Liberty County Sheriff's Office with calls about a possible road rage, but when officers arrived to the scene, they realized it was actually an accident.
The big rig driver, Russell Neal, said he was unable to see over the long nose of the truck and the car was caught in his blind spot.