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 earth-moving 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.

Source: The Northern Echo