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Federal Agency: Dump truck in I-10 wreck has history of violations

Police say 10 vehicles were involved in a “chain reaction” crash after the driver of a dump truck lost control of his vehicle.

The wreck happened April 19, 2018 on 1100 block of Transmountain. It led to the closure of the westbound lanes on I-10 in between Artcraft and Transmountain during the afternoon rush hour.

The investigation revealed 47-year-old Martin Alcala, the driver of a dump truck, “jumped from the moving vehicle,” shortly after losing control of the vehicle, police said.

The driverless dump truck continued west on the loop and went on to strike six other vehicles, police said. “The dump truck crashed through barriers and went off the over-pass onto I-10 west and struck three other vehicles,” on the freeway lanes below, police said.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the dump truck has a series of violations dating back to 2016, including three in 2018. In the past two years, the In N Out Transportation-owned truck has had violations that include excessive weight and out-of-service brakes.

Some of the drivers involved in Thursday’s wreck suffered minor injuries, “but none were believed to be life-threatening injuries,” police added. Alcala was transported to University Medical Center. Police said investigators do not know why Alcala lost control of the vehicle.


Vehicle 1: 1990 Ford Truck (dump truck)
Driver: 47 -year old Martin Alcala (transported UMC)

Vehicle 2: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado
Driver: 36 -year old Jennifer Michal Crain (transported Las Palmas Medical Center)

Vehicle 3: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer
Driver: 51 -year old Maria Elena Fincannon (transported to Las Palmas Medical Center)
Passenger: 26 -year old Maria Esther Alfaro Nunez (transported to Las Palmas Medical Center)

Vehicle 4: 2017 Ford Explorer
Driver: 32- year old Claudia Yvette Gomez ( drove self to Providence Memorial Hospital)

Vehicle 5: 2015 Freightliner semi-tractor
Driver: 37 -year old William Joseph Telles (no reported injury)

Vehicle 6: 2007 Trailer

Vehicle 7: 2010 Ford F250
Driver: 53 -year old Rodney Dale Garcia (no reported injury)

Vehicle 8: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
Driver: 59 -year old Simsundareth Tan (Transported to Las Palmas Medical Center)

Vehicle 9: 2008 Nissan Altima
Driver: 53 -year old Juan Wesley Cordova (no reported injury)

Vehicle 10: 2016 Nissan Rogue
Driver: 59 -year old Edward Zavala (injured, but not transported)
Passenger: 60 -year old Cynthia Zavala (no reported injury)
Passenger: 4 -year old Adalina Zavala (no reported injury)
Passenger: 28 -year old Lisha Zavala (no reported injury)

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