Worldposts – At least four people have been killed when the driver of a semi plowed into stopped traffic along Interstate 70 near Denver, Colorado. The driver is being held on four counts of vehicular homicide, police said.
The runaway semi hit several cars and trucks in Lakewood on Thursday, igniting a fiery crash. Twenty-eight vehicles were involved in the pileup: four of them semis and 24 cars, Lakewood Police Department Agent Ty Countryman told reporters on Friday.
The driver of the semi is Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23. He has a commercial driver’s license out of Texas, Countryman said. Aguilera-Mederos is cooperating with investigators, he added.
Aguilera-Mederos was behind the wheel of a flatbed truck loaded with lumber and was injured in the crash, but not seriously hurt, Countryman said.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s inmate roster, his next scheduled court appearance is listed as Saturday at 3 p.m. ET in Jefferson County court.
The suspect’s brother, Daniel Aguilera, said Rogel is Cuban and is a permanent resident of the United States. Also a truck driver, Aguilera said he spoke to his brother after the crash and Rogel told him his brakes failed.
The Denver West Parkway bridge over I-70 sustained significant structural damage from the fire, authorities said.
The portion of I-70 affected by the crash is closed overnight in both directions.Lakewood is about 10 miles from Denver.
- CNN’s Joe Sterling, Amanda Watts and Joe Sutton contributed to this report