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Vehicle catches fire after crashing into truck; two hurt (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
Feb. 8, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a black Chevrolet Tahoe on the corner of Convent and Navarro streets  Saturday evening.  See video of crash at VictoriaAdvocate.com.

A black Chevrolet Tahoe caught on fire late Saturday night after crashing into an oil-field service truck hauling a trailer.

The drivers were taken to a hospital.

Both vehicles were traveling south on Navarro Street when the oil-field truck, which was in front, tried to turn right onto the 500 block of East Convent Street, police say.

Officers said the Tahoe then tried to cut around the inside lane of the truck, and the two collided.

The truck crashed into a utility pole, knocking it over, and the Tahoe caught fire. The driver of the Tahoe was extricated from his vehicle and transported to a hospital. Neither man's name was immediately released.

Raul Mendez, 56, of Victoria, who was traveling behind the two vehicles on his way home from work, said there was a fire extinguisher in the bed of the oil-field truck, and the oil-field truck driver used it to help contain the fire.

Officers said the driver of the Tahoe would be at fault for the accident.

The Victoria Police Department is investigating.

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