Investigators with the El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations Unit believe brake failure is likely the cause of the cement truck and semi-trailer collision that closed down Loop 375 at North Desert Blvd. on Wednesday.

According to an El Paso Police Department press release, 46–year-old Ricardo Moreno Esparza was the person driving the cement mixer that ripped through the 18-wheeler carrying a load of beer.

Investigators believe “Esparza was experiencing mechanical issues with his brakes which led to the collisions.” Officials also indicated that Esparza was likely aware of the predicament he was in as he reportedly sounded his horn as he entered the intersection on a red light.



Another piece of information we learned from the report was that the cement truck struck two other vehicles after it hit the 18-wheeler, and that the truck’s cement-filled barrel broke off and hit a third vehicle.

Esparza died at the scene, and two of the drivers of the other vehicles the cement mixer collided with suffered minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Dramatic video of the deadly crash was caught on video and quickly went viral. Many who watched it and commented speculated that faulty brakes was probably the issue. The police report confirmed the talk.

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