Police ID truck driver killed after slamming through home at rest stop

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TONOPAH -- One man is dead and five others injured after a semi-truck veered off the I-10 freeway near Tonopah and crashed into a home at approximately 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the semi-tractor trailer, owned by May Trucking, was heading westbound on I-10 when he crossed four lanes of traffic and a median before slamming through a block wall and into the house.

The home was destroyed -- the walls blown out, the roof caved in.

The accident happened at the Burnt Wells rest area about 70 miles west of Phoenix. The house is occupied by the rest stop's caretakers, who were in the backyard at the time.

“One of the subjects saw the vehicle coming and told everybody else to run, which they did,” DPS Ofc. Roger Hansen said.

The driver of the semi, identified as Edward A. French, 45, of Long Beach, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say it is unclear if he suffered a medical emergency on the road or died on impact. They say there were no tire marks to indicate he tried to regain control or take evasive action.

A total of five people were in the backyard at the time of the crash. Four of them were transported to Phoenix-area hospitals. They are all expected to recover.

Carlos Gonzales, 53, of Safford, was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was treated and released for injuries sustained by falling debris.

Sharon Gonzales, 42, of Safford, was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was admitted for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Nicholas Gonzales, 12, of Safford, was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was treated and released for injuries sustained by falling debris.

Adolfo Sedillo, 70, of Avondale, was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was admitted for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Jamie Beltran, 36, of Phoenix sought her own treatment at St. Joseph's Hospital where she was treated and released for minor injuries.

With the entire family of rest stop caretakers in the hospital, ADOT has closed that rest area indefinitely.

DPS continues to investigate this accident.