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Construction Equipment Obstructs I-10 near Eastlake, Texas, Allegedly Causing 2 Deaths

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Interstate 10 (Photo: Labeled fore reuse)

A construction company is allegedly responsible for machinery that obstructed highway traffic on Interstate 10 between Americas and Eastlake, Texas, resulting in the death of a young man and woman on December 22, 2017. The tragic crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. The conveyer arm of heavy construction machinery was blocking traffic from the median of the highway. The wreck that claimed the lives of Keserie Paredes of Van Alstyne, Texas, and Patrick Charles Van Fossen of McKinney, Texas, involved five vehicles in a chain reaction.

A couple of witnesses who saw the dangerous situation called emergency services. Several of the witnesses who almost hit the equipment pulled over, hoping to see help arrive before disaster occurred. One woman who spoke to investigators said she saw the horrific crash, when an 18-wheeler struck the construction equipment, killing the two occupants instantly. The big rig then crashed into the vehicles that had pulled to the side of the road. No other injuries were reported at the scene. The woman said the accident was completely avoidable, since the equipment should not have been over the median.

According to police, the machinery struck the driver, Fossen, when it penetrated the cab of the 18-wheeler. Paredes was in the sleeper berth, which was ripped off of the cab. She was thrown onto the highway.

JAR Construction is allegedly the company responsible for the equipment that caused the deadly crash. The company released a statement saying they are conducting an investigation and cooperating fully with various authorities with the government. They also expressed that their prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.

–Guest Contributor

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