Pictured: A white Chevrolet pick-up rolled over twice on Highway 44 as the driver, Francisco Perez, from San Diego, hydro-planed because of the wet conditions Tuesday. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Driver, from San Diego, and passenger taken to hospital

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

A patch of water was to blame for a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday on Highway 44, just one mile west of Agua Dulce, Corpus Christi Department of Public Safety Trooper Alex Benavides said.

"With bad weather coming, people need to slow down and take precautions," Benavides said.

Benavides said 56-year-old Francisco Perez from San Diego apparently hydro-planed his 2003 white Chevrolet pick-up because of the wet road about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Both Perez and his passenger were taken to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice by Guardian EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said what saved the couple was that they were wearing their seatbelts.

The pick-up was traveling eastbound on Highway 44 when it swerved off the road into the grassy area, skidding and flipping twice, DPS officials said.

The truck landed just inches from the railroad tracks on its roof facing north.

Jim Wells County Sheriff deputies, Nueces County constables and a railroad representative assisted at the scene with traffic and evaluating the accident.