TxDOT releases eight-page report for bridge crash in Salado

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has released an eight-page crash report detailing the bridge crash that occurred on March 26 on I-35 involving an oversize truck in Salado, Texas, which left one person dead. No charges have been filed yet as the investigation is incomplete.

According to the report, a red 1999 Volvo 940 driven by Valentin Martinez struck concrete beams under the FM 2484 overpass at 11:15 a.m. going northbound on I-35. The truck, owned by Lares Trucking of Crowley, Texas, was hauling a cherry picker on a red 2007 Lufkin Industries trailer. Earlier reports revealed that the company did not have an oversize permit. A field diagram and a lack of damage reported by investigators suggest that the truck and trailer made it through the overpass relatively unscathed.

Roberto Zambrano of Oklahoma-based Cyclone Trucking was driving behind Martinez with a black 2015 Kenworth pulling a black 2007 Transcraft trailer. Two concrete beams struck Zambrano’s trailer causing severe damage. Zambrano was injured but eventually was released from the hospital.

To the right of Zambrano’s truck, a Texas man in a 2013 Ford F150 was wedged between the Kenworth and a concrete wall. A concrete beam that struck Zambrano’s truck also damaged the front end of the F150. The pickup driver was also injured and released from the hospital.

Two vehicles going southbound on the other side were also involved, including a C.R. England tractor-trailer. The C.R. England driver was caught directly underneath the rubble, severely damaging both the tractor and trailer. The driver was also sent to the hospital with injuries and later released.

The fifth vehicle involved belonged to a 32-year-old Texas man, who was driving a 2008 F150 owned by Probuild Co. A concrete beam fell directly on top of the man’s vehicle, killing him.

Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Trooper Harpin Myers told Land Line that the investigation is ongoing. No charges can be filed until investigators gather up the information needed to determine exactly what happened. The Texas DPS will be leading the investigation with the help of other agencies, construction companies and attorneys, according to Trooper Myers.

Lares Trucking could not be reached for comment.

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