EL PASO, TX (05/23/2016) — A seven-vehicle pile-up on Monday claimed the lives of two women and injured five others.
According to police, a multi-vehicle accident (involving an 18-wheeler) along Interstate 10 near Sunland Park Drive in El Paso, Texas killed two women and left five people injured.
Police reported that at just after 6:00 p.m., 27-year-old Fateh Singh was traveling eastbound in a 2016 Kenworth 18-wheeler when he failed to control his speed as traffic began to slow down.
Singh’s semi-trailer struck a vehicle occupied by two females, causing both vehicles to catch fire. Both women were killed in the accident.
The crash also involved a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2015 Nissan Altima. The two occupants of the Camaro—37-year-old Rodger Gomez and 38-year-old Brisa Lozano—were hospitalized for injuries. The driver of the Altima, 39-year-old Ricardo Lujan, was also taken to the hospital for treatment.
A Chevrolet Silverado—that carried 32-year-old Gerardo Cordova and an unidentified passenger—was also damaged in the accident. Both individuals were hospitalized for injuries as well.
All injuries have been reported as non-life-threatening.
As of Tuesday, no charges have been filed against Singh, but the accident remains under investigation.
Although details are limited at this time, we do suspect that this driver will face charges of negligence and vehicular manslaughter. His failure to control his truck led to a collision that killed two, and left several others injured. Additionally, the company that employs this individual could be held civilly responsible (along with the driver) under the theory of respondeat superior.
We offer our condolences to those affected by this crash, and will provide more information as it becomes available.