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Fatal Accident Closes Highway 129 Near Aromas

A Watsonville man died when his big-rig hauling cement overturned Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATED FRIDAY: The man killed in the crash was Jesus Gonzalez, Jr.

 

Highway 129 was closed for hours Tuesday after a big-rig lost control and flipped off the road near Aromas, killing the 63-year-old driver.

The fatal crash was reported around 3:30 p.m. Vehicles were rerouted around the accident while the Coroner's Office and California Highway Patrol officers investigated.

The truck—hauling two trailers equipped to carry cement—was heading west on 129 at an unknown speed when the driver, a Watsonville man, lost control about seven miles outside of town. The rig crossed into oncoming traffic and flipped of the side of the road, landing upside-down against an oak tree, according to the CHP.

It wasn't immediately clear if the truck's two massive cement tanks were loaded.

"I suspect (the truck) is, though, the force threw it off so hard," Boles said.

One cement tank detached from the trailer and landed about 30-40 feet from the highway. The tongue of one trailer wrapped around a tree and the front end of the big was mangled.

The truck belonged to Gonzalez Trucking, a Watsonville company. Boles said it wasn't known where the driver was coming from or heading when he crashed.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Highway 129, a two-lane road that connects Watsonville to Highway 101, is prone to bad crashes. It's been the target of road safety projects for years.

"There's been so man improvements to 129," Boles said. "... We do get our share of accidents but it's on the decline."

CHP motorcycle officer Sam Courtney added, "I think 129's safer now than a few years ago."

The cause of Tuesday's accident remains under investigation and the man's name was not released, pending notification of his family.

Martha April 13, 2011 at 06:01 AM
My father in law Jesus will be missed:( Your grandsons Tony and Isaiah send their Condolences to ALL the family <3
Jennifer Squires April 13, 2011 at 07:15 AM
I'm sorry for your family's loss.
Diane April 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM
My husband Steve was the first one there. He was driving the other direction. He said a prayer for him. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless.
Ed April 14, 2011 at 02:38 AM
I was also one of the first ones to arrive. It may not be my place to say, but if it helps you might want to know that I don't believe that he suffered. I also said a prayer for him. I'm sorry for you loss.
veronica gonzalez April 14, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Big thank you to steve and ed. I am the daughter of Jesus. Glad to know he wasnt alone.
Ann Krueger Spivack April 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Our condolences to Veronica and all the Gonzalez family. We are so sorry for your loss.
hector cortinas April 15, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Lo sentimos muchisimo x lo sucedido nuestras condolencias ala familia gonzales. Nosotros conociamos a Jesse en milpitas ca. De parte d la fam cortinas rios.
Fernanda April 17, 2011 at 07:31 AM
Mis mas sinceras condolencias para la familia Gonzalez. Nosotros no conocimos al sr. Jesus Gonzalez que dios lo tenga en su santa gloria.
Raintait May 07, 2011 at 02:29 PM
These Indians who come over here on H1-B visas are getting too comfortable in the United States. They need to be reminded that they are guests in this country and that being here is a privilege, not a right and that they can be sent home at a moments notice without reason. This is becoming ridiculous. They have become nothing more than parasites on this nation. The United States is like any other country in the world, foreigners are guests, yes guests. I don't know what you don't understand about that.

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