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Georgia Truck Driver Gets 2 Years in Prison for Crash That Killed 5

A Georgia truck driver has been sentenced to prison in a 2015 highway collision that killed five people after the trucker fell asleep at the wheel. A State Court judge in Savannah sentenced 61-year-old David Jerald Gibbons of neighboring Pooler …

Jury Awards $15M to Survivor of Georgia Crash That Killed 5

Nearly two years after a Louisiana truck driver caused a seven-car crash killing five Georgia Southern University nursing students, a jury has awarded a survivor $15 million in a civil suit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports jurors deliberated for about four …

Truck Driver in Deadly Georgia Crash Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence

A Louisiana truck driver charged in a fiery interstate crash that killed five nursing students in southeast Georgia was sentenced to prison Thursday – one year for each life lost – after he pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide and …

Trucking Firm Won’t Face Criminal Charges in Crash that Killed 5 Georgia Students

A Georgia prosecutor says he’s dropped the criminal case against a trucking company charged in a deadly interstate crash last year that killed five nursing students. Tom Durden is district attorney for southeast Georgia’s Atlantic Judicial Circuit. He said Wednesday …

Trucking Company, Driver Face Criminal Charges in Georgia Crash that Killed 5

A grand jury has indicted a tractor-trailer driver and his employer accused of causing a fiery interstate crash that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students. The Bryan County grand jury on Wednesday indicted John Wayne Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana, …

Trucking Firm to Settle Fatal Crash of 5 Georgia Students for Millions

The employer of a tractor-trailer driver blamed for a fiery interstate crash that killed five Georgia nursing students has agreed to settle wrongful death lawsuits for large sums, with at least one victim’s family receiving $14 million, attorneys in the …

Truck Driver in Deadly Tennessee Crash Cited in Florida Previous Day

Authorities say a truck driver who slammed into numerous stopped cars outside of Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, killing six, had been cited for careless driving in Florida the previous day. According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, 39-year-old truck …

Georgia Announces $10 Million Truck Safety Campaign

Georgia will spend $10 million to add officers to the state law-enforcement division focused on watching and inspecting commercial trucks, Gov. Deal announced June 11 along a stretch of interstate where tractor-trailers recently caused a pair of crashes that killed …

Exit Ramp Rollovers Kill Hundreds of Truckers a Year

It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea …

Large-Truck Crash Deaths Increase for Fourth Year

The number of people killed in large-truck crashes increased for the fourth straight year, bucking a trend of overall improvement in U.S. highway safety. Fatalities rose to 3,964 people last year, which includes truckers, pedestrians and the occupants of vehicles …