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Driver safety in construction zones depends on contracted companies, says TxDOT

Who is accountable for your safety as you drive through construction zones along I-10?

The question is prompted after ABC-7 learned that no criminal charges and no citations are pending against local company JAR Construction after a piece of its heavy machinery sheared through the 18-wheeler containing Patrick Van Fossen, 24, and Keserie Paredes, 22, on Dec. 21, 2017.

Van Fossen and Paredes were killed in the crash, which happened in a construction zone on I-10 east and Americas Avenue.

ABC-7 turned to agencies at the state and federal level to find who was investigating accountability in the crash after learning that the El Paso Police Department investigated the crash but closed the case without recommending criminal charges to the El Paso District Attorney’s Office.

ABC-7 also learned that an investigation of JAR Construction’s work site on I-10 conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, uncovered numerous safety hazards –including construction equipment with the keys left in the ignition — but resulted in no citations because OSHA says it has no jurisdiction on highways.

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