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Police: Truck Driver Suffered Heart Attack, Crashed Into Homeowner’s Yard

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Houston police are investigating an early-morning accident that left a big-rig driver dead.

Investigators say about 5 a.m. Thursday the man was driving a freightliner tractor-trailer westbound in the 5000 block of North Loop 610 near Lockwood when he apparently suffered a heart attack.  The truck veered off the freeway to the right, crashing through ditches and slamming into a tree in the front yard of a home in the 5500 block of lavender before coming to a stop.

The 64-year-old man was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson general hospital, where he died.

Inside the home where the rig landed, 95-year-old Alice Wright and her grandson escaped injury, thanks to a tree she planted more than 40 years ago.

Wright’s grandson says another tree in their yard had to be cut down due to last year’s drought, so it’s amazing that the tree survived and he believes it did so “for a reason.”

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