Pictured: Jim Wells County Sheriff’s deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the scene of a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Highways 44 and 281 Thursday. Photo by CHRISTOPHER MAHER

Accident occurred at Hwys. 44, 281 Thursday afternoon

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Officials with the Department of Public Safety were searching for a City of Hidalgo vehicle Thursday afternoon, after the vehicle allegedly caused an accident at the intersection of Highways 44 and 281 and left the scene.

According to Department of Public Safety reports, the accident occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a pick-up truck and trailer with City of Hidalgo markings failed to yield at a stop sign while heading southbound through the intersection of Highways 44 and 281 west of Alice.

A Dodge Ram pick-up truck and a Lincoln Navigator were both traveling westbound on Highway 44 when the City of Hidalgo vehicle entered the roadway, according to department reports.

Both vehicles veered to the right to avoid the truck and trailer, and struck each other.

The City of Hidalgo vehicle reportedly left the scene before law enforcement arrived. Witnesses provided a description of the truck, and a bulletin was released a short time later instructing law enforcement agencies in the southern portion of Jim Wells County and in Brooks County to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Several passengers in the two vehicles involved in the accident were treated for minor injuries at the scene, officials said.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety and the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department were unable to confirm if the City of Hidalgo vehicle had been located by press time Friday.

Hidalgo City Manager Joe Vera said Friday the driver of the vehicle contacted the Department of Public Safety and was cooperating in the investigation into the accident.

"The gentleman that was driving the vehicle went back, and was certainly not aware that he might have caused an accident," Vera said.