Victim of expressway sweeper accident identified by police

SAN BENITO — Police have identified the Brownsville man who was killed Monday afternoon after his truck ran into a street sweeper convoy on the shoulder of the expressway.

Jason Garcia, 29, died after the red Toyota Tundra pickup he was driving ran into the back of a traffic control truck in the street sweeper convoy operating alongside the highway.

About 1 p.m., San Benito and Harlingen police were called to the 3500 block of West Expressway 83 in reference to a multiple car crash.

Garcia’s truck had collided with a GMC C7500 Traffic Control Truck which was in the shoulder lane providing traffic control for the street sweeping crew up ahead.

Police said the impact caused the truck to spin out and hit two other cars.

The Toyota Tundra struck the rear bumper of the GMC and continued to collide with a Toyota Corolla. The male driving the Toyota Corolla was taken to the local hospital for a head injury.

He is expected to recover.

Police said Garcia was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Guadalupe Ayala.

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

All was clear shortly before 5 p.m.

San Benito police today are urging all drivers to use caution when driving on the highway.

“Please heed all the warnings signs and give the right of way to all highway workers and TxDOT employees,” police said.

Friends on Facebook say Garcia was the father of two boys and a natural born leader.