Driver of semitrailer caused 8-vehicle crash along I-10 East
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
Police say a multiple vehicle crash that shut down I-10 East Thursday was caused when a semi truck failed to slow down and caused pile up.
The crash happened along Interstate 10 East near Yarbrough and Lomaland drives, just before 8 a.m.
All lanes were shut down for several hours, but they reopened by 1:10 p.m. Thursday.
Earlier reports from TxDOT said the crash was fatal but the El Paso Police Department has not confirmed this information and it was later retracted.
Police investigators said a 2011 International semi truck with a flatbed trailer didn't slow down when traffic was backing up.
The driver of the International semi truck, Gary McDaniel, struck a 2015 Toyota Rav 4 driven by Rosa Luna, said police.
They said the initial collision caused Luna's vehicle to run into a 1996 Chevrolet Astro, 2015 Dodge Charger, 2009 Nissan Sentra and a 2006 Nissan Altima that were stopped in the far right eastbound lane because of traffic congestion.
A 2006 Western Star semi truck, and a 2015 utility truck heading east in the lane next to the far right lane were struck by two of the vehicles in the initial collision.
Luna was seriously injured in the crash, said police. Jesus Sanchez, who was driving a Chevrolet Astro, and Yolanda Morgan, who was driving a Dodge Charger, were taken to Del Sol Medical Center for treatment.
Police say McDaniel caused the pileup because he failed to control his speed.
The investigation is ongoing.