ORANGE GROVE – A man was taken to a hospital by HALO-Flight Friday afternoon after his truck flipped into a grassy area after his tire had a blowout, officials said.

Juan Herrera, in his 50s, was transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial by HALO-Flight.

Herrera was having problems breathing and his condition was not known as this time. His passenger, son-in-law Roy Perez, escaped injuries with only cuts and scrapes, and was walking around at the scene, but was distraught.

“I’m O.K., I’m just in shock,” Perez said at the scene.

The accident occurred on Farm-to-Market Road 624 about seven miles west of Orange Grove. Officials said Herrera lost control of his white Dodge Ram when his tire erupted about 3 p.m. Friday. His truck flipped on its side and ended up on the grassy southside of the road.

Orange Grove Volunteer and Alice fire fighters used hydraulic equipment to pull Herrera out from his truck. Witnesses said Herrera wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.

Debris was scattered throughout the area where the truck landed. A toolbox, ice chest, compressor and other items were lying on the ground.