Toyota halts production at Texas plant

Shutdown caused by massive storm that dumped more than four inches of rain on the San Antonio area.

May 18, 2016   by The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — A Toyota Motor Corp. assembly plant in San Antonio has suspended production due to storm damage from a system that dumped up to 4 inches of rain.

Toyota spokesman Mario Lozoya says the plant halted production May 18 following roof and other damage.

He cited safety concerns and had no timetable for resuming production.

A section of the roof appeared to cave in. The plant had random power outages due to water leaks. Lozoya says nobody was hurt.

Parts of South Texas were hit with hail the size of tennis balls in storms that rolled through May 17. Storms are expected to continue through May 20 in parts of the region.

The plant, which makes the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks, cancelled two shifts, affecting about 3,200 workers.

© 2016 The Associated Press

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