Accident involved a Schlumberger crane truck
Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal
A head-on collision between two large crane trucks resulted in the death of a Kingsville resident, along with another driver early Thursday morning on Highway 16, 12 miles east of Zapata.
Daniel Lee Alvarez, 23, of Kingsville, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:12 a.m. The other driver in the collision, Adolfo Perez, 30, of Alto Bonito, was taken from the scene to the Zapata County Medical Group Clinic in Zapata, where he soon after died due to his extensive injuries.
Calls made to the Texas Department of Public Safety were not returned Thursday. Zapata County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, Juan Antonio Guevara, said that by the time he arrived on the scene, he could not say for sure which driver belonged to which vehicle.
"The trucks were completely demolished. It was very dramatic, I haven't seen an incident like this in a long time," Guevara said.
He said that Alvarez was travelling west on Highway 16, when he veered off the roadway. Alvarez overcompensated while trying to get back onto the road, and traveled into the opposite lane, where Perez was driving east, colliding head on.
"The young man might have fallen asleep on the road, woke up suddenly and overcompensated," Guevara said about the accident.
One of the vehicles involved in the accident belonged to Schlumberger, and public affairs spokesman Stephen Harris gave an official statement by email to the Alice Echo News Journal.
"On Thursday, June 21, at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Schlumberger vehicle was involved in an auto accident on Highway 16 between Zapata County and Hebbronville in South Texas, resulting in two fatalities.
"While it is too early to comment on the specifics of the collision we are working closely with state and local officials to conduct a full investigation into this incident," Harris said.