Severe weather blamed for four deaths

| 8/17/2007

Tropical Storm Erin, which caused severe flooding in an already waterlogged Texas on Thursday and Friday, has been blamed for at least four deaths, including a trucker who died when his rig plunged into an overflowing pond.

According to KTRK-TV, the truck driver, whose name had not yet been released, was attempting to turn around in a parking area that was flooded with water overflowing from a nearby pond.

Unaware that the pond was there, the driver drove his truck right into it and was unable to escape. A witness saw the accident and tried to help the driver, but was not able to break the window of his cab open in time.

On Friday, light, sweet crude rose as much as 88 cents a barrel in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange amidst fears of further extreme weather.