Pictured: Guardian EMS personnel responded to the rollover accident on Highway 44 Wednesday morning. The driver of this truck received minor head and neck injuries, officials said. CHRISTOPHER MAHER

Speed, wet roads cause of Wednesday accident, officials said

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

High speeds and wet roads contributed to an 18-wheeler rollover accident on Highway 44 Wednesday morning, according to Department of Public Safety reports.

The single-vehicle accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 44, just east of Alice.

DPS officials at the scene said a large vacuum truck was traveling westbound on Highway 44, when the driver of the truck failed to negotiate a curve after crossing over the Highway 359 overpass.

Officials said excessive speed and a roadway that was wet from recent rains caused the truck to begin moving toward the right shoulder of the highway.

The driver of the truck reportedly over-corrected to the left, entered the grassy median and rolled the truck over onto its right side, where it came to a stop, partially blocking traffic in the eastbound lane.

The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, where he was treated for minor head and neck injuries.

The vacuum truck was reportedly carrying a tank full of cooking oil, but none of the oil leaked from the vehicle, officials said.

The driver of the truck was ticketed for traveling at an unsafe speed, DPS officials said.