FORT WORTH — A pickup crossing a rain-slick Trinity River bridge on East Loop 820 went out of control early Monday and fell to the riverbank below, killing the 65-year-old driver, police reported.Janice Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:59 a.m., the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.Her northbound pickup was in the left lane on the bridge between Randol Mill Road and Trinity Boulevard when she lost control and veered to the left, police reported. As the pickup hit the guardrail and moved along the railing, a section of railing caught the truck, which “pole-vaulted” off the bridge, police said.Investigators believe that weather played a role in the wreck, said Fort Worth police spokeswoman Sharron Neal.The showers lingered across North Texas on Monday morning but tapered off in the afternoon.As of 5:30 p.m., rainfall totals ranged from a half-inch to a little more than an inch across Tarrant County. The official North Texas reading at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was 0.62.Forecasters are predicting another round of storms associated with a new cold front this morning. Monday evening, the front was in the northern Panhandle, said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop.“By 10 a.m. we’ll probably have showers in our area ahead of the front,” Bishop said. “They’ll increase as the front gets closer and moves into our area around noon or so.”After the front pushes through, the showers will become more scattered.But, Bishop said, winds will “switch around to the north and likely we’ll see temperatures falling.”Much of today will be in the low 70s, but after around sunset temperatures should be in the upper 50s and will sink to about 50 around sunrise Wednesday, Bishop said.Farther southOver the weekend, Central Texas got the most rainfall it has received in three years. Some areas reported more than 10 inches Sunday, leading to flash flooding in normally dry creeks.By Monday morning, Lake Travis had risen about 2 feet since Saturday, the Lower Colorado River Authority reported.The National Weather Service said the heavy rain and flood threat continues for the Austin and San Antonio areas into Wednesday. By tonight, rain chances in the Austin area will rise to 70 percent.“With another 2 to 4 inches [of rain] already on top of a saturated ground, we could see more flash flooding,” said meteorologist Pat McDonald. Staff writers Bill Miller and Bill Hanna contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.
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