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Driver falls asleep, spills 100 bales of cotton
by Kenda Nelson
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100 bales of cotton spilled into the median 14 miles north of Refugio  on U.S.77 Monday morning just after 9 a.m. The driver, Vincente Martinez, 53, of Raymondville allegedly fell asleep and veered off the highway.
Kenda Nelson photo 100 bales of cotton spilled into the median 14 miles north of Refugio on U.S.77 Monday morning just after 9 a.m. The driver, Vincente Martinez, 53, of Raymondville allegedly fell asleep and veered off the highway.
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Refugio Fire Chief Don Pullin and Brenda Skrobarcek, firefighter, Allan Miller Jr. and A.J. Root, both of Allan's Wrecker Service in Victoria assess the removal of debris from the wreck site.
Kenda Nelson photo Refugio Fire Chief Don Pullin and Brenda Skrobarcek, firefighter, Allan Miller Jr. and A.J. Root, both of Allan's Wrecker Service in Victoria assess the removal of debris from the wreck site.
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Cleanup crews were still at the wreck site at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Kenda Nelson photo Cleanup crews were still at the wreck site at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
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REFUGIO — One hundred bales of cotton were spilled into the bar ditch between the north and south bound lanes of U.S. 77 approximately 14 miles north of Refugio Monday, Sept. 24, just after 9 a.m.

The driver Vincente Martinez, 53, of Raymondville was traveling south to Corpus Christi and went to sleep at the wheel, according to Deputy Amanda Emfinger, who investigated the accident.

Martinez suffered no serious injures.

“He told us he fell asleep and when he woke up, the truck was on its side in the ditch,” said Chief Deputy Sheldon Wiginton, who assisted at the scene.

The southbound lane of traffic closed to one lane of traffic while Allan’s Wrecker Service of Victoria unloaded the trailer and cleared the debris. Emergency and wrecker crews were still on the scene until after 2 p.m.

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