Driver killed in tragic collision along I-10 in far east El Paso ID'd

Investigation into why construction equipment was sticking out onto I-10 continues

El Paso police were out at the scene investigating the following day where a deadly multiple-vehicle collision happened early Thursday morning.

Construction equipment is being blamed for taking the lives of two people.

Police investigators were along the Interstate 10 near the Americas Interchange Friday morning.

The large piece of construction equipment with a large conveyor belt was still at the scene with significant damage.

The equipment was bent and destroyed.

KFOX14 learned that the construction equipment belongs to JAR construction.

Police said on Thursday the conveyor belt was sticking out and caused the crash.

"We kept telling [police] 'you need to get somebody out here before someone gets killed'," said Jean Beck, who witnessed the accident.

A witness who didn’t want to be identified said she had called to report the piece of equipment sticking out when she saw it.

"We had called 911 about 30 minutes before the accident, and they took a while to get here. They actually got here as soon as the accident happened."

Texas Department of Transpiration officials said they hired a contractor for a road project along the interstate. The official said the department would not comment until the investigation is complete.

A press release about road projects happening mentioned that there was a complete closure of the westbound lanes of I-10 between the Eastlake overpass and the Zaragoza overpass the morning of the collision.

Police on Friday identified the driver killed in the crash.

Patrick Charles Van Fossen of McKinney was driving the semitruck, said police. His passenger, Keserie Paredes of Van Alstyne, Texas, was also killed in the collision.

"It's a horrible situation. Those were two very young people from what I understand and they had their whole lives ahead of them. This is just something that you can't forget. I have not been able to eat or sleep," said Beck.

JAR Construction released the following statement:

We were saddened to learn about the tragic event that occurred on Thursday morning. We are cooperating fully with the various governmental authorities involved, and we are conducting our own investigation. The company cares deeply about the well-being of our community. As the investigation of the incident is ongoing, we have no additional updates to share at this time. In the meantime, the company extends its thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.
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