Driver, passenger go missing in White Oaks Bayou

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON – Two people are presumed dead after the pickup they were riding in crashed into a bayou early Saturday morning in northwest Harris County.

It happened around 3 a.m. at the White Oaks Bayou along Fairbanks North Houston and Coaldale. A witness said he saw the truck go in and two passengers wash away.

The truck was retrieved Saturday afternoon, but marine units have yet to find the unidentified 18-year-old driver or his female passenger.

They are no longer calling their effort a search operation, but a recovery.

Deputies believe the truck had been heading north when it went over the median, around a barrier of a bridge and then plummeted into the bayou.

“The current was in excess of what they call ’15 knots,’” Sgt. Doug Hudson, of the Harris County Marine Division, said. “That’s very dangerous current and it would sweep a body a long ways from here. It could be two or three miles down here, and we probably won’t see any sign of a body ‘till maybe Monday.”

Hudson said the current was still too swift Saturday for divers to go into the water. He said they searched a four-mile stretch along the banks.

A search team will return Sunday morning to continue looking.

It is still not clear what caused the truck to go off the road.

There was heavy rain and poor visibility at the time of the crash.

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