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Semi Driver Allegedly Overmedicated Prior to School Bus Crash

A semi driver is alleged to have taken twice the amount prescribed dosage of an anti-anxiety medication before crashing into a school bus in Columbia County.

Details of the Columbia County Trucking Accident

According to the Journal Sentinel, 42-year-old Wayne Edward Murphy of Indianapolis is charged with five counts of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and five counts of second-degree reckless injury for a May 23 crash that left 20 people injured, four seriously.

The HOPE Christian School bus was traveling through Columbia County from Milwaukee when it experienced mechanical problems. It parked on the shoulder of I-39 near DeForest where it was rear-ended by Murphy’s 18-wheeler.

A criminal complaint states that Murphy told deputies that he took one-and-a-half Sertraline pills about two-and-a-half hours prior to the collision. The label on the pill bottle instruction consumption of no more than one pill a day.

Deputies after found a bottle of Alprazolam (Xanax) and determined he had taken 69 pills in under nine days – about twice the prescribed dosage.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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