A fiery crash involving a semi-truck and several passenger vehicles killed at least 4 people on Thursday and left several more injured. The accident occurred when a semi-truck driven by 23-year-old Texan Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos plowed into stopped traffic. A crash that had occurred earlier that afternoon, which involved a school bus and another semi-truck, had left eastbound traffic on the Interstate 70 backed up when Mederos’ trailer came rushing through. When Mederos’ semitrailer collided with the other vehicles, it sparked an enormous fire, which burned hot enough to damage the road and melt the metal off nearby vehicles.
The wood the semi-truck was carrying flew from the trailer, according to witnesses, igniting when it connected with the gasoline that had spilled onto the road from the damaged vehicles. As a result, several vehicles exploded as the fire grew. The fire burned so hot, according to authorities, that the highway’s surface exceeded 2,500 degrees.
The crash caused 4 fatalities, and at least 6 people were rushed to the hospital by West Metro Fire Rescue for medical attention. However, witnesses say that good Samaritans were taking injured victims to nearby hospitals for medical attention as well. For this reason, authorities have not yet been able to confirm how many people were seriously injured in the crash or subsequent fire.
According to police reports, 28 vehicles were involved in the collision, and the resulting damage led authorities to shut down the I-70 for more than 24 hours. During that time, maintenance crews had to repair and replace portions of the fire-damaged road as police took witness statements.
The driver, Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, was arrested on vehicular homicide charges, though authorities have yet to confirm whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved.
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