DPS continues investigation into deadly bridge strike crash

(Chris Sadeghi/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Charges have not yet been filed against the driver of the truck that struck an Interstate 35 overpass under construction near Salado in Bell County last Thursday, resulting in the death of another driver. Department of Public Safety Trooper Harpin Myers tells KXAN the crash report is taking time since there were various commercial operators involved and DPS wants “to get it right.”

Three tractor trailers and two pickup trucks were involved in the midday bridge strike that claimed the life of 32-year-old Clark Brandon Davis of Arlington. He reportedly leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter.

Texas DPS has up to two years to bring charges against the driver, or the company he works for, Lares Trucking out of Crowley, Texas.

Separately, a Texas DMV spokesperson confirms the permitting agency had no previous investigative history with Lares Trucking, meaning the company has not been the subject of any administrative fines in connection with transporting oversized loads without a state-required permit. Authorities say the driver was transporting a cherry-picker lift on top of a flatbed that was at least 6 inches too tall for the overpass under construction. It struck a 57-ton concrete beam causing it to fall onto the roadway below and forcing the closure of the interstate for about 16 hours.

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