WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Nearly eight months after a truck driver slammed into a car on Interstate 25, killing a family, the company that put the driver on the road without a proper license is losing its primary customer.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) now says it’s in the process of terminating its contract with the trucking company, which has been involved in two fatal crashes in the past two years.
"We have issued a contract termination notice to Caminante Trucking, our relationship will end within the next two weeks," USPS said in a statement.
The termination of the contract comes after a 9NEWS investigation into the safety record of Caminantes Trucking. Federal records show Caminantes has a history of allowing drivers on the road without valid commercial driver’s licenses. In addition, six people have died in crashes involving Caminantes trucks in the past two years.
USPS had previously said it was reviewing its contract with Caminantes to evaluate its safety record. Now USPS says the contract will end within the next two weeks.
"I’m just happy it’s finally going in the direction it should’ve gone from the beginning," said Desiree Everts, whose family was killed by the Caminantes truck on I-25.
Five family members driving back home to Wyoming were killed when the truck driven by Jesus Puebla slammed into them at 75 miles an hour. The car carrying the Godines and Everts family had slowed for traffic and was only traveling five miles an hour at the time, according to investigative documents from the Colorado State Patrol.
"I don’t want anybody else getting hurt or anything happening to anyone else," Everts said. "It’s not anything anyone else should have to go through."
Puebla now faces five counts of vehicular homicide in Weld County.
It’s unclear what Caminantes and its 46 trucks will do once the postal service stops working with them.
Colorado State Patrol investigators found that the truck had faulty brakes and should never have been on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration fined Caminantes more than $20,000 after the crash, but said its safety record was not bad enough to shut the company down.
"They are getting the justice that they deserve," Everts said. "That’s all I want."
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