Both wrecks were the result of driver error.
Peña attempted to cross over the fast lane and into the turnaround for the southbound lane of Highway 281 when she collided her VW CC 20T sedan with Iniguez’s Nissan Rogue SUV.
No injuries were reported, but each vehicle sustained damage, and Acadian EMS responded. Pena’s VW had to be towed from the scene.
Victor Ybanez of George West witnessed the collision from behind the other two cars in the northbound lane of Highway 281. He said he had to slam on his brakes to keep from colliding with Peña’s passenger door. Her husband, Robert Presa Peña, 77, was in the passenger seat of the VW.
“It’s a bad intersection; they need to lower the speed,” Ybanez said.
Three Rivers Police Department Sergeant Clinton Davis was at the scene and said he would like to have a caution light installed to increase drivers’ awareness of the volume of wrecks that occur near the truck stop.
“With (Highway) 281, if it’s a bigger crash, it’s going to happen there,” Department of Public Safety Trooper Joshua Alcala said. “This particular area of (Highway) 281 is busy, and I don’t understand why.”
He said crashes are common along the highway between the Love’s truck stop and George West.