Driver whose car fell from Highway 90 may have been speeding, police say

Car splits in half; portion of it tumbles off bridge with driver inside

SAN ANTONIO – A driver whose car split in half during a crash, with a portion tumbling off a Highway 90 bridge near Leon Creek, may have been speeding, San Antonio police said.

Officer Douglas Greene, a police spokesman, said that around 5 a.m. Wednesday, a man in his 30s was eastbound on Highway 90 just west of Callaghan Road, when he ran into trouble.

"We did have a witness that said the vehicle appeared to be going at an unsafe speed, made an unsafe maneuver and lost control, hydroplaned," Greene said.

The car hit a guardrail and broke in half, with a section of it tumbling to the ground below the highway bridge. Police said the driver was inside the portion of the car that fell off the bridge.

The driver was still alert and talking after the crash, police said. An officer at the scene said the man appeared to have suffered a serious head injury and was taken to a hospital.

Police said the crash should remind drivers to be more conscious about their safety behind the wheel, especially in rainy weather.

"One of the main factors in accidents here in San Antonio, when we have slick roads here, is unsafe speed," Greene said. "Drive, maybe, five, 10 miles below the speed limit. Just take your time and just be prepared."

Greene said investigators are still trying to determine if alcohol may have played a role in the crash. According to an officer at the scene, the driver was on his way to work at the time of the accident.

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