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Truck Driver in Fatal School Bus Crash was High on Meth


An autopsy report has revealed that the truck driver involved in a deadly school bus accident in East Texas on March 23 had methamphetamine in his methamphetamine in his system.

Crash Leaves Mount Pleasant Track Coach Dead

According to WFAA, Bradley Farmer was being the wheel of an 18-wheeler that veered across Highway 271 before crashing into a Mt. Pleasant school bus that was carrying members of the school’s boys track team.

While the school bus driver was able to avoid a head-on collision, Angelica Beard, an assistant coach who was traveling behind the bus, was hit by the 18=wheeler. Both Beard and Farmer were pronounced dead at the scene.

18 students and the bus driver were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The official autopsy report for Farmer revealed that he had .19 mg/L of methamphetamine in his system.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result 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.

 

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