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POLICE: Legal loophole may keep drivers in deadly Ft. Worth pile up from facing charges 


Police say that the truck drivers involved in last week’s deadly pile-up crash may not face charges for the incident. 

The accident happened in Fort Worth, Texas on the night of September 11th on Interstate 35 west. 

The chain reaction crash started with a minor wreck between two four wheelers who pulled over to the left shoulder. A pickup truck then stopped to help and partially blocked traffic. A short time later, the first semi truck crashed into the two cars on the shoulder, and a second semi truck crashed into the pickup truck. 

Four people were killed in the wreck – 31-year-old Susana Longoria, 23-year-old Kiara Baker, 21-year-old Jasmine Jones, and 25-year-old Chase Maples, who was in the pickup that stopped to help. 

Longoria’s family says that they didn’t find out about her death until the following day. Now, they want the truck drivers to answer for what happened. 

“We want to know what happened,” said Maribel Velasquez, Longoria’s sister. She said she and her husband have questions about why the semi trucks were driving the way they were, and why they were traveling in the left lane. 

According to WFAA News, Fort Worth prohibits semi truck’s from traveling in the left lane of the interstate, but there are exceptions for passing other vehicles and exiting the highway. It is not yet clear whether either of the truck drivers were attempting to pass or exit at the time of the wreck, but investigating officers say that these exceptions could prevent the truck drivers from facing any charges for the wreck. 

No further information has been released.


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