Thursday’s Collision Between a Landscaping Truck and Tractor-Trailer on I-40 Claims Three Men

03/12/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The three men who were killed in the collision between a landscaping truck and a tractor-trailer on I-40 East near Charlotte Pike in Bellevue at 4 p.m. on Thursday are named as co-drivers Abraham Carranza-Martinez (32) and both Identified co-driver Ignacio Fuenes, 18, and Adrian Ramos-Arista, 36, driver of the truck, William Lopez-Cruz, 31, remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The driver of the articulated lorry, Kesner Altidort (47), had pulled the interstate onto his right shoulder to check for a possible mechanical problem. The Isuzu NPR, driven by Lopez-Cruz in 2016, was in the right lane of I-40 heading east when, for reasons unknown, the truck drifted onto its right shoulder and hit the rear of the trailer.

Carranza-Martinez and Ramos-Arista died on the scene. Fuenes was transported to Vanderbilt, where he died today. The driver, Lopez-Cruz, was the only one buckled up. Toxicological tests are being carried out at Lopez-Cruz to determine whether an impairment was involved in this triple fatal crash. The truck driver was not injured.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to conduct an inspection of the truck after the accident.

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