Excessive speed blamed; none of the drivers hurt

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

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

Steven Atzenhoffer, of Orange Grove, was traveling in the southbound lane in his gray Chevy pickup, hauling an OGISD horse trailer. He then began to slow down to turn onto County Road 374, DPS officials said.

Escobar said Guadalupe Lamb, of Alice, slowed down behind Atzenhoffer, to either allow him to turn or to pass him on the right side. At the same moment, Michael Garcia, of Premont, failed to control his speed coming down the southbound lane in his Ford pickup and struck Lamb from behind, officials said.

Atzenhoffer was also struck in the accident. The impact knocked Lamb off the road, on to northbound traffic, and into Luis Aguilar's vehicle, of Mathis. Lamb and Aguilar collided in the northbound lane and both drivers spun out east of the roadway.

"This was basically a chain reaction accident, with one vehicle who failed to control speed. It is still under investigation, as there are several contributing factors still pending," Escobar said. None of the drivers required medical attention at the accident. So far, no one has been cited for the accident. Escobar said there was a lot of damage done to the horse trailer, which was empty at the time of the accident.