Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible, across the Brazos Valley, this afternoon and evening. Winds in excess of 40-60mph are the main concern, within the strongest activity. An isolated, brief tornado threat cannot be ruled out. Heavy rainfall between 1" and 3" has the potential to cause localized flash flooding in a few locations.
Another tragic accident on a Brazos Valley roadway this holiday weekend. This one happened in Leon County around noon Sunday when an 8-year-old boy was thrown from the bed of a pick-up truck.
Investigators say the truck had 7 people riding in the bed and blew a tire 4 miles South of Oakwood on US 79. The driver lost control and hit a guardrail, throwing out the boy. He was taken to Palestine Regional Hospital where he later died.
DPS says the victim and everyone else in the pick-up were from Mission, Texas and were apparently visiting family here.
It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to ride in the bed of a pick-up, under most circumstances. DPS says the 7 people riding in the bed ranged in age from 2 to 20.
Saturday morning, a 20 year old man was killed when he lost control in a curve near Madisonville.