Man dies in crash with sweeper

SAN BENITO — A Brownsville man was killed yesterday after his truck ran into a street sweeper on the shoulder of the expressway.

Traffic was backed up and diverted for several hours while police cleared away the remnants of the crash.

San Benito and Harlingen police responded to the accident that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 69 near the Paso Real exit shortly before 1 p.m.

The man, who police said appeared to be in his late 20s, died after the red Toyota Tundra pickup he was driving ran into the back of a street sweeper.

San Benito Police Lt. Martin Morales said the truck swerved into the shoulder and hit the street sweeper.

The impact caused the truck to spin out and hit two other cars, Morales said.

One of the drivers was taken to a hospital with a laceration to the head, but is expected to recover, officials said.

The men in the work convoy were not injured.

Traffic on the expressway began bottlenecking at the New Hampshire exit as crews worked to clear the scene.