Gustavo Gomez, 71, has been driving tractor-trailers for nearly 21 years, according to his wife. He has lived in Dallas since the early 1980s and was the father of five children.
DALLAS, Texas — The family of a Dallas truck driver who died Tuesday afternoon when his semi-truck went off US 75 and burst into flames is asking that someone with video of what led up to the fiery crash come forward.
Allen Police Department investigators say Gustavo Gomez, 71, collided with another car on the freeway before hitting the 32-inch freeway barrier and falling onto the access road below.
Dash cam video captured the large rig falling to the ground. The video shows the fuel tanks igniting and then landing upside down where the 18 wheel bursts into flames.
The driver of the other vehicle was unharmed and was seen by WFAA cameras cooperating with police. WFAA also recorded the damage to his vehicle – the right side of his car was dented inward.
Gomez’s wife, Helen Torres, told the WFAA Wednesday afternoon that her husband was delivering mail to Missouri for the USPS. She said he was driving for Bancroft and Sons Transportation and that the company had been hired to make the delivery.
She also said that her husband has been driving with the company for almost 21 years.
“He was a very hard worker,” Torres said. “He was always there for his family. Whatever it was, whether he was driving across the country or not, he always made sure we were taken care of and taken care of.”
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“He was such a good man. Very funny, always acted like a comedian and made sure no one was sad. He was kind and would help anyone who needed it. If it was in his hands and he could help at that moment, he would,” Torres added.
Torres told the WFAA that she has been with her husband since 1987 and finally married in 2001.
She said that Gomez became a father to three children from another relationship. The couple then had two children of their own.
Torres said Gomez moved to Dallas in the early ’80s, loved cars and driving, and found that driving semi-trucks professionally was a great solution.
She added that you don’t drive trucks for two decades without prioritizing safety.
Allen PD did not say how her husband’s 18-wheeler collided with the other car or who was at fault.
Ultimately, Torres believes that he is to blame for the accident Not be laid at the feet of her husband.
“He was always so careful. He always made sure his trucks were good when they were going or before he was going,” said Torres.
“He always knew what he was driving, he knew it was a big machine and that he had to take care of everyone.”
Torres, along with Allen PD investigators, is requesting that someone with dashcam video of what happened prior to the crash come forward.
It may not bring her husband back, but it could complete the crash investigation and bring some clarity.
“We’re broken and lost right now. We need an understanding of what happened so we can move on,” Torres said.
Torres has yet to see the dashcam video of her husband’s truck bursting into flames and said she didn’t want to see it.
“I don’t want to see my husband die. There’s no going back from that, and there’s no reason for me to see it,” Torres said.
She added that the man she loves is someone she will miss. Torres said she knew something was wrong when her husband didn’t call her while driving his route.
If she tried to call him, it went to voicemail. Torres just thought her husband’s phone was broken.
On Wednesday morning, Allen PD informed her of her husband’s death.
“I called him to ask if I could make him dinner when he came back and I couldn’t do that,” Torres said.
“He should come home. That shouldn’t have happened.”
Torres added that Bancroft and Sons Transportation generously offered to pay for his funeral.
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