Pictured: An 18-wheeler and Ford F-150 collided on Highway 281 and Farm to Market Road 1554 at 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a wreck that claimed the life of a 41-year-old Alice man. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

41-year-old Alice man's truck was struck at Highway 281 intersection

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Red paint was spilled on Highway 281 and Farm to Market Road 1554 after a 18-wheeler and Ford truck collided and claimed the life of a 41-year-old Alice man, Department of Public Safety officials said. Michael Saenz was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to DPS officials, Saenz was traveling in an F-150 about 10:20 p.m. and apparently made a stop at the intersection of FM 1554 and Highway 281.

He then proceeded across Highway 281, when a 18-wheeler traveling northbound on Highway 281 collided with the truck and dragged the truck into the grassy median where the vehicles came to a stop. Red paint covered the highway and debris from broken vehicle parts from both vehicles was scattered across the highway. Both trucks sustained major damage.

The driver and passenger of the 18-wheeler with Shippers Transport were coming from the Valley area, but they were not injured in the accident.

Traffic was detoured for about four hours until the scene was cleared.

The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the Alice Fire Department assisted at the scene.