A man in a wheelchair was struck by an 18-wheeler on Houston’s east side Thursday, witnesses told police.
The crash happened around 3:20 p.m. along the East Freeway outbound feeder road at Federal Road, according to Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith.
The truck, operated by Gulf Winds International, was turning south on Federal Road from the eastbound feeder road when the collision occurred.
Investigators on scene said the man in the wheelchair, who suffered from poor eyesight, was struck by the left rear tires of the truck.
The truck driver told police he looked both ways before making the turn.
Paramedics with the Houston Fire Department rushed the man to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition, Smith said.
Gulf Winds International is a warehouse and distribution company based out of Fort Worth, with operations in Dallas and Houston, according to the company’s website.
The company describes itself as a faith-based organization, with the following mission statement: “to glorify God by providing world class logistics services through continual investment in our people, clients, community and the world we live in.”
A representative with the company was not immediately available.
HPD’s Vehicular Crimes Division is investigating the crash.