EL PASO, TX – The I-10 crash resulted in one death, and another hospitalized after being thrown off the Interstate. As a result of the I-10 crash, a series of car pileups ensued, which tossed both drivers off the road.
Moreover, in a news release, the El Paso Police Department confirmed the identities of the victims. Carlos Lechuga, 35, died on December 9 around 10 p.m. after dropping nearly four stories from I-10 near Americas. Along with 33-year-old Hector Mendoza who was also thrown off the Interstate. However, he is in the hospital with serious injuries.
According to police, a tractor-trailer stopped in the right lane of the exit ramp. In order to help the stalled driver, Lechuga and Mendoza parked a GMC Sierra in front of the tractor-trailer.
Shortly after, a Cadillac Escalade driven by 22-year-old Martin Castaneda struck the tractor-trailer, which in turn hit the GMC Sierra hurling it into both men. According to reports, Castaneda was “weaving in and out of lanes” before hitting the tractor-trailer.
As a result, the two men were thrown approximately four stories off the suspension bridge, as reported by police.
Apart from this, both men were taken to Del Sol Hospital for treatment. However, Lechuga died soon after.
While Castaneda was also hospitalized, his injuries were non-life threatening, police said.
Furthermore, at this time, no charges have been announced by the police.