Pictured: Alice firemen responded to the scene of this rollover on FM 624 west of Orange Grove Monday morning. Photo by MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.
Oil, gas spilled across FM 624 west of Orange Grove
Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal
One driver suffered head injuries Monday morning after his rig turned over on Farm-to-Market Road 624, seven miles west of Orange Grove, limiting traffic for several hours and dumping oil and diesel across the roadway.
Horacio Vidal, 24, of Freer was heading westbound on FM 624 as he approached a curve in the road.
DPS Trooper Herman Arellano said Vidal veered into the eastbound lane as he approached the curve and attempted to correct back.
The weight of the truck sent the vehicle into a right side skid, Arellano said, leading to the turnover.
Vidal was able to free himself from the wreckage and walked away from the accident, but law enforcement and EMS officials had him sit down soon after because of noticeable head injuries and lacerations.
The cab of the truck was crushed on the driverís side.
Vidal was stabilized and transported by EMS to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice.
The accidents left noticeable ruts in the roadway, and spilled several gallons of oil, gas and diesel along the sides of the roadway for about 20 yards on one side, and eight yards on the other. Oil and gas also covered the roadway where the truck lay for several hours.
Arellano said Vidal was required to have a commercial driverís license and would likely be cited for that and driving at an unsafe speed.