Caltrans Employee Killed in Crash

  • Jul 17 2015
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

caltrans employee killed in crashReports reveal that a Caltrans employee died after a single-car accident. Police have concluded that Oscar Vargas, 54, a 29-year veteran of the department, lost control of his department pickup truck around 3:30 a.m. and crashed into an embankment on the Interstate.

According to Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman, “This is devastating news. Oscar Vargas was a well-liked co-worker and friend to many employees in the Department. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family.” Gov. Edmund J. Brown Jr. also released a statement saying, “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Vargas, who worked day in and day out to make the roads safer for Californians. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues mourning this tragedy.” The flags at the Capitol are being flown at half-staff in Vargas’ honor.

Currently, the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident.

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