According to the Press Democrat, Francisco Alberto Rodriguez, 45, skipped a routine inspection of his truck before setting out on February 5 to haul burned debris from home sites to the dump.
At about 9:25 am, Rodriguez’s four-axle 2009 Kenworth company truck experienced break failure on Fountaingrove Parkway near Mendocino Avenue and barreled through a red light before slamming into multiple vehicles and catching on fire.
By the end of the wreck, the resulting fire had incinerated the dump truck, three vans, and two pickups. Seven people were injured, including three critically.
After a four month investigation, investigators determined that three of the truck’s brakes had failed and that the vehicle was overweight. Their findings contradicted those by the company that subcontracted Rodriguez’s employer.
Additionally, the investigators determined that the truck was overdue for service.
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