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Caught on video: Runaway cement mixer had brake failure that led to deadly crash into semi-trailer on Transmountain Road

UPDATE, April 16: A runaway cement mixer that crashed into a semi-trailer along Transmountain Road was experiencing brake failure at the time, El Paso police investigators said Thursday.

The cement truck driver, 46–year old Ricardo Moreno Esparza of San Elizario, "was reportedly sounding his horn as he entered the intersection on a red light" seconds before Wednesday's crash, police wrote in an incident report. It also indicated that the cement truck hit three other vehicles after its impact with the 18-wheeler.

Esparza died in the crash, police said, while two other people suffered minor injuries from the collision.

Police also told ABC-7 the cement truck was privately owned.

ORIGINAL REPORT, April 15: EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- El Paso police said one person was killed along Transmountain Road in west El Paso on Wednesday morning after a cement mixer crashed into a semi-trailer hauling beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Video taken by motorist Jonathan Nava Galvan on Transmountain Road near N. Desert Boulevard at the time of the 8:40 a.m. crash shows the cement mixer barreling through the intersection without stopping for a red light, smashing into the truck's trailer and nearly obliterating it - scattering debris all around.

The witness indicated it looked like the cement mixer was a runaway vehicle, never making an attempt to stop.

Police didn't offer any details on their investigation into the crash. Authorities also didn't identify who was killed in the collision.

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Jim Parker

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    1. That entire area between Las Cruces and El Paso needs to be massively re-engineered. Hopefully we can get it funded with the new infrastructure bill.

      1. While I agree that the whole Las Cruces/El Paso corridor need major work, don’t hold your breath on getting money from Biden’s infrastructure bill. The Wall Street Journal is calling it “The Green New Deal!!

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  1. Hazarding a guess, the cement mixer blew the traffic light, maybe the other way around, but in any case, the mixer ploughed through the trailer box.

  2. Witnesses report seeing smoke coming from the rear axle. His brakes probably failed and he/she didn’t know until past the runaway truck off ramp. Just a guess but probably bad maintenance.

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