LOS ANGELES (AP) – The California Highway Patrol says speed, not faulty brakes, caused a big rig driver to lose control of his truck, triggering a deadly 2007 tunnel pileup on a major interstate highway.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that a CHP report shows Jose Reyes was driving at more than 65 mph when he veered left and crashed into a concrete barrier after driving through an Interstate 5 tunnel. The limit was 55 mph.

The pileup of 33 trucks and a car killed two adults and a 6-year-old boy. It closed the major West Coast route for two days.

The report says speed was the “overwhelming” factor, not any mechanical condition.

The state’s transportation department has reduced the speed to 45 mph at the tunnel.


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