Pictured: A three vehicle accident on Business Highway 281, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard sent two men to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice with shoulder, neck and back injuries Friday about 1:30 p.m. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER
Three-vehicle accident on Business 281
Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
Two men were transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice as a result of an accident involving an 18-wheeler, a Ford truck and a Jeep, police said.
"What happened was that the 18-wheeler, to make his turn, had to swing out a little bit," Sgt. Hector Zertuche with the Alice police department said. "The Jeep coming behind clipped the 18-wheeler and crossed into the northbound lane and struck the truck, causing (the truck) to roll over."
The three vehicle accident happened about 1:30 p.m.
Police said the black Jeep may have been coming too fast and at the spur of the moment noticed the 18-wheeler attempting to make a right turn. That was when the Jeep tried to avoid the 18-wheeler and moved into the northbound lane and struck the truck coming in the northbound lane. The Ford truck, belonging to Paige Water Well and Drilling Services, rolled over on the grassy area on the east side of Business Highway 281, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The driver of the black Jeep, Marco Javier Villarreal, 19, and the driver of the Ford truck, Ricky Perales, were transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice with injuries to their shoulder, back and neck, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening, police said. The driver of the Barr Metal and Iron 18-wheeler, Jose David Menchaca, 46, was not injured.
At the scene, the Jeep was damaged on the front passenger area, the truck landed on its roof and the 18-wheeler had scratches on its back metal bumper. Debris of broken vehicle parts and shattered glass were scattered throughout the highway.
Guardian EMS and the Alice Fire Department assisted with the accident.
Citations were pending an investigation.