Truck driver in deadly I-75 crash, to be extradited to Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – The truck driver indicted in a June crash that left six people dead will be extradited to Chattanooga, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

Benjamin Brewer, 39, of London, Kentucky, was taken into police custody in Kentucky according to ABC 36. U.S. Marshals reportedly called police to a parking lot outside a Value City to help with the arrest.

Brewer, who was recently added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, faces six counts of vehicular homicide by impairment, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, SUI first offense by impairment of narcotics speeding and false report of duty status.

TBI said Brewer was booked into the Fayette County Detention Center in Kentucky on a $500,000 bond. At this time law enforcement agencies have confirmed Brewer will be transferred into Chattanooga police custody, but have not yet indicated when that will occur.

According the Lexington Police Department, Brewer has two pending charges in the state of Kentucky, that he must face before being extradited back to Chattanooga. Those charges are trafficking of a controlled substance in the first degree and criminal mischief in the third degree.

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Benjamin Brewer (source: TBI)
Benjamin Brewer (source: TBI)

Transportation Safety Board told WTVC Monday Brewer exceeded the federal safety guidelines for how long a driver should be on the job. According to the NTSB, Brewer was on duty for 50 consecutive hours before the cash. On his route before the crash, the NTSB said Brewer experienced two mechanical breakdowns, and his vehicle’s performance was found to be abnormal.

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Chattanooga police say Brewer’s semi-truck hit eight other vehicles that were stopped due to construction on June 26 in Ooltewah. Six people died in the crash, while six others received non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the crash survivors, Ryan Humphries, is suing Brewer and his employer Cool Runnings Express for $10 million.

Four of the victims were from the same family and have East Tennessee ties. Family members say Sandra Anderson of Grainger County, her daughter Tiffany Watts of Morristown, and her granddaughters Savannah and Kelsey were killed. The little girls were visiting from California.

Four of the victims were from the same family and have East Tennessee ties.
Four of the victims were from the same family and have East Tennessee ties.

 

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