Tractor driver trailer it Hit a pickup truck beside a highway East Tennessee police said, killing four people who were changing a tire and seriously injuring another.
Saul A. Carrera, 60, of New York, was driving his Peterbilt trailer south on Interstate 81 on Sunday when The car swerved to the right On her shoulder, he swept sideways on a white Chevrolet Express and hit five men who were trying to fix a tire, Kingsport police said in a statement. Police said the trailer then continued south for a short distance before being stabbed and overturned.
Jesse James DelaCruz, 49, of Fayetteville, Tennessee; Jose Urbano Serrano Ramos, 25, of Crossville, Alabama; A 17-year-old man from Crossville and another man who has not yet been identified were killed. Police said a 17-year-old man from Jasden, Alabama, was hospitalized in critical condition, but was later updated to stable condition. Three Jasden men who remained in the truck were not injured.
“Based on the officers’ observations and evidence gathered at the scene, investigators have concluded probable cause to determine that Mr. Carrera was operating the trailer while it was disabled,” the police statement said. It did not elaborate and police said no further information would be released.
Carrera has been charged with four counts Kill compounds by poisoning In addition to reckless reckless assault, felony endangerment, driving under the influence in a commercial vehicle and failure to exercise due care, according to police.
Carrera was hospitalized for his injuries and booked into the Sullivan County Jail Monday. Online records do not say if he had a lawyer.