AN articulated truck made in the North-East has helped save lives in flood-hit Texas, a company has confirmed.
Caterpillar says one of its vehicles, made at its plant in Peterlee, east Durham, was used to rescue people trapped on roofs in Houston.
According to a spokesman, the truck had been sent to an earthmoving contractor before its emergency calling.
The firm’s North-East factory makes trucks for all conditions, from -40C in Arctic tundra to 40C in the Sahara, and exports a significant proportion of them, with models previously used on a Brazilian hydro-electric dam project and the Suez Canal.
However, Brent Losey, product manager of Caterpillar Articulated Trucks Peterlee, said it was unusual to see one used in such a prominent way.