The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) confirmed that the rig responsible for the recent Salado bridge collapse did not have a permit approving over-sized loads for that particular route, according to NBC DFW on March 28.
A semi-truck owned by Lares Trucking struck a beam of an overpass on Interstate 35 in Salado last month. The bridge at FM 2484 partially collapsed, killing a young man from Arlington and injuring the driver of the rig and two others. Representatives from the DMV said that these permits are needed to approve the truck’s planned routes or provide drivers with safe alternates.
This is not the first safety concern that Lares Trucking has recently dealt with. The company has had two rigs pulled from operation in random safety inspections over the last two years.
Advisories were posted informing drivers that the bridge was 13 feet, 6 inches, and the load the truck was carrying totaled 14 feet, 7 inches. The owner of the company, Julian Lares, said that he was unaware that the route would not be able to accommodate the truck. “It’s a new bridge. Why don’t they construct it more high?” he told KVUE-TV.