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Driver accused in case involving 13 deaths

In many motor vehicle accidents, there are multiple people to blame. For example, a truck driver moving too quickly is breaking the law, but that doesn't necessarily mean he or she should be held accountable for someone rear-ending his or her vehicle.

This is a case like that. A truck driver has been arrested on the suspicion that he had been the one who caused the deaths of 13 people during a 2016 crash, despite the fact that the evidence doesn't support that claim directly. The crash took place on the 10 Freeway, which is located near Palm Springs.

According to the report, the driver allegedly violated multiple federal regulations before the collision, not taking required sleep breaks or keeping to drive-time limits. He allegedly falsified his driving log records as well.

An investigation into the collision showed that the man, 51, fell asleep behind the wheel of his semi-truck with the parking brakes on. He had stopped to allow Southern California Edison workers to carry wires across the highway. Shortly after, the highway was reopened, but the man did not move his vehicle since he was asleep. A nearby motor coach traveling at 76 mph hit the rear-end of the rig.

A declaration written by an officer for an arrest warrant stated that the big-rig driver wasn't the party found to be most at fault, but his actions did contribute to the deaths of the 13 people. Now, the driver could face serious charges and penalties if he's convicted for the deaths of the individuals who passed away during the collision.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, "Truck driver arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in 2016 fatal desert bus crash that killed 13," Gail Wesson, Oct. 20, 2017

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