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Driver Charged in Semi Truck Crash on I-35, Drug Use Suspected

Posted on June 29, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Truck Accidents on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Any driver who gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs presents a danger to everyone on the road. However, if a driver is behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, the potential for a severe or deadly semi truck crash increases exponentially. A truck driver was recently in an Oklahoma courtroom facing four charges of first-degree manslaughter in connection with an accident that resulted in the deaths of four people; the truck driver may have been impaired at the time of the accident.

In Sept. 2014, a bus carrying a college softball team was heading south on Interstate 35. A semi truck heading north suddenly careened across the median and struck a bus carrying a team of college softball players. The bus driver was unable to avoid the collision.

Four of the North Central Texas College students aboard the bus died because of the injuries they suffered in the crash. The victims’ ages ranged from 18 to 20 years old. During the course of the investigation, troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol searched the man’s truck and discovered a pipe that smelled as if marijuana had been burned in it; they also found a bag that contained prescription drugs.

In addition to the criminal charges, the families of the victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the truck driver and his employer. If prosecutors secure convictions for the charges the driver faces in connection with the semi truck crash, that information may be used to help establish negligence in any civil court cases. Successfully establishing negligence could result in an award of damages to the surviving family members.

Source: newson6.com, “Charges Filed Against Suspect In Crash That Killed Texas Softball Players“, June 26, 2015

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