AUSTIN (KXAN) — EMS officials say a man around 20 years old died in an early morning rollover wreck on State Highway 130 on Tuesday. Officials say it happened in the 4000 block of North SH 130, just south of FM 969. Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera says a red truck heading south on the toll road veered off the road for some unknown reason, overcorrecting and flipping the truck. Barrera says he was not wearing his seat belt and got ejected from the truck.
“It’s very tragic that this individual … was not wearing his seat belt today, though that is unknown what caused his death,” said Barrera. “But we do know that seat belts save lives, and it is the law … So when you’re in a vehicle, make sure everyone is buckled up — whether they’re in the front seat or in the back seat — at all times.”
Because the speed on the toll is 80 mph, Barrera says distractions need to be minimized.
“Make sure we put the cell phone down, pay attention to our driving early in the morning — when we may not, can see as far ahead of us as we can when it’s daylight,” said Barrera.
The man, from Beaumont, was apparently driving alone. Officials are still uncertain as to where the man was heading or coming from, because the investigation is still in its early stages.
Officials diverted traffic onto FM 969, which also turns into Martin Luther King Jr. Bouelvard. Traffic at one point was backed up at least 15 miles.