CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Federal investigators say that a wreck that killed six people in Chattanooga last year was likely caused by fatigue and methamphetamine use by a truck driver who failed to respond to slow-moving traffic in a construction zone.
The National Transportation Safety Board approved the probable cause findings on Tuesday.
The panel cited a failure in the employee screening process to determine that driver Benjamin Brewer of London, Kentucky, had been fired from a previous trucking job two years earlier because of illegal drug use. A hair test administered under an unrelated court order less than three months before the wreck had also turned out positive for meth.
Brewer is being held on $500,000 bond while awaiting trial in Chattanooga. Brewer’s attorneys did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
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