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Nissan driver with ‘forged tags’ arrested after crash that left trucker with life-threatening injuries


Virginia police are asking for witnesses to a fiery multi-vehicle crash that left a trucker seriously hurt on Monday evening.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. on September 18 on Route 28 southbound near Sterling Boulevard in Loudoun County, Virginia.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), a black Nissan Altima was being driven southbound on Route 28 when it struck a semi truck, causing the truck to overturn and catch fire.

The Nissan also struck a Toyota Prius.

The truck driver was pulled from the wrecked vehicle by Good Samaritans and was transported to a hospital.

LCSO says that the truck driver suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue reports that a total of four people were hospitalized for injuries sustained in this crash.

The Altima driver, 18 year old Jose A. Padilla Espinosa, has been charged with Forged Tags and Driving Without Insurance and is being held without bond. LCSO says that additional charges are pending.

“The cause of the crash is under investigation, but speed is believed to be a factor,” police said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information is asked to call LCSO DFC. Tyler Bradley at 703-777-1021 or email [email protected].


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