Wreck occurred south of O.G.

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Failure to control speed was one contributing factor that led to an accident involving four vehicles, including one Alice driver, Friday afternoon on Highway 359, south of Orange Grove, according to Department Public Safety Trooper Ismael Escobar.

"This was basically a chain reaction accident, with one vehicle which failed to control speed," Escobar said. "It is still under investigation, as there are several contributing factors still pending."

Steven Atzenhoffer of Orange Grove, was traveling in the southbound lane of Highway 359 in his gray Chevrolet pickup, hauling a horse trailer belonging to the Orange Grove school district, DPS officials said.

According to officials, Atzenhoffer began to slow down to turn onto County Road 374.

Escobar said Guadalupe Lamb of Alice, who was traveling behind Atzenhoffer, slowed down to allow Atzenhoffer to turn and to possibly pass him on the right side.

At the same moment, Michael Garcia, of Premont, who was travelling in the southbound lane on Highway 359 in his Ford pickup couldn't stop in time and struck Lamb from behind, Escobar said.

The impact sent Lamb's truck into Atzenhoffer's trailer.

The impact also knocked Lamb into northbound traffic on Highway 359, and into Luis Aguilar's vehicle.

Lamb and Aguilar, of Mathis, collided in the northbound lane and both drivers spun off the road east of the roadway.

None of the drivers required medical attention at the accident and as of Monday, no one had been cited for the accident.

Escobar said there was extensive damage to the horse trailer, which was empty at the time of the accident.