Colorado Truck Driver Closed His Eyes In Terror Moments Before Crash That Killed Four

Helen Storms

On Thursday, 23-year-old truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was heading along Interstate 70 not far from Denver, Colorado. He was quickly approaching rows of backed up traffic but did not slow down in time. He collided with about 28 cars and trucks before coming to a stop. The extensive accident caused a massive fire and took the lives of at least four people. Several more individuals sustained injuries.

Why didn't Aguilera-Mederos stop? He's claiming the brakes failed, but this has yet to be proven. He's been arrested and held on four counts of vehicular homicide in relation to the crash, according to CNN News. His bond is set at a hefty $400,000.

Aguilera-Mederos told police that he was driving at about 85 mph when he saw the piled up traffic and attempted to stop. However, the brakes failed preventing him from doing so safely. He also tried to pull into the shoulder, but was unable to do so because another semi had already been pulled over there. In the moments before the crash, Aguilera-Mederos claimed he believed he would die upon impact. He shut his eyes in terror.

"It cannot be overstated, the degree to which he feels sorrow for this absolutely tragic accident. Everybody agrees it was an accident. Law enforcement agrees it was an accident. Everybody who has been investigating or has looked at it believes it was an accident, and it's tragic."

"It just caught on fire. And I just dropped my sign, took off running. As soon as I (saw) flames, I headed under the bridge, grabbed three or four people out of a couple cars," Barton explained.