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Driver Charged With 6 Counts Of Vehicular Homicide In Crash

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Posted at 8:09 AM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:14:31-04

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The truck driver who authorities say caused a highway accident outside of Chattanooga in June, killing six, has been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide.

Multiple media outlets report that a Hamilton County grand jury on Monday also indicted 39-year-old Benjamin Brewer of London, Kentucky on four counts of reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence of narcotics, speeding and making false reports about his duty status. Chattanooga police issued an order for Brewer's arrest on Monday.

According to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Brewer had been on duty for about 50 consecutive hours in the three days leading up to the June 25 crash.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Brewer also tested positive for methamphetamine six weeks before the crash.

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