A truck driver and the trucking company he worked for were indicted by a grand jury in connection with a 2015 crash that killed five Georgia nursing students, according to court records and local media.
Driver John Wayne Johnson and Mississippi-based trucking company, Total Transportation, were indicted on five counts each of first-degree homicide by vehicle, along with other charges, according to court records as well as a copy of Johnson’s indictment which was posted online by local broadcaster WFXG.
Georgia State Police said Johnson was driving a Total Transportation tractor-trailer on Interstate 16 near Savannah when he failed to stop, causing a wreck involving five cars and another tractor-trailer.
Johnson later admitted in court depositions that he was texting while driving, broadcaster WSAV-TV said.
Five nursing students from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro were killed. They were in their first year of nursing school and were traveling to a training session in Savannah, according to university officials.
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