Pictured: Representatives from Guardian EMS load Roel Hernandez onto a stretcher after fire officials helped remove him from his Suburban after he struck a trailer being pulled by Jerry Keyser of Nebraska who was ticketed for the Monday morning accident. Photo by CHRISTOPHER MAHER

Two San Diego residents taken to local hospital

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A two-vehicle accident west of Alice Monday sent two San Diego residents to the hospital and resulted in a ticket for a Winter Texan.

According to Department of Public Safety reports, the accident occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highway 281 and Highway 44, just west of Alice.

Investigators at the scene said the accident occurred when a green 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck towing a 2002 Flagstaff travel trailer was traveling west on Highway 44, and entered a turn lane to travel south on Highway 281.

The driver of the pickup truck reportedly failed to yield to oncoming traffic as he made the turn and crossed over Highway 44.

The driver of a green Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound on Highway 44 was unable to avoid the vehicle, and struck the trailer on the right front side, causing major damage to the trailer and the Suburban.

The driver of the Suburban and his passenger were transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice with non-life threatening injuries, DPS officials said.

They were identified as Roel Hernandez, 42, and Raquel Hernandez, 45, both of San Diego.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Jerry Keyser, 75, of North Platte, Neb., was cited for failing to yield the right of way during the left turn.

Keyser and his wife, who was also traveling in the pickup truck with him, were uninjured in the accident, officials said.

No passengers were in the trailer at the time of the accident.