Accident report charges trucker with homicide

The Durham, NC, Highway Patrol released an accident report late last week that charges a trucker was responsible for an accident on Interstate 40 last month that killed three people.

The Durham, NC, Highway Patrol released an accident report late last week that charges a trucker was responsible for an accident on Interstate 40 last month that killed three people.

The report says the trucker, traveling at a speed of 65 mph, rammed into a line of slow-moving vehicles causing a chain reaction killing drivers of three separate vehicles.

Ronald Eugene Graybeal, 50, of Newport, TN, was charged with three counts of felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, possession of marijuana and methadone, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to the News Observer.

The accident occurred in broad daylight June 30. Graybeal allegedly ran his rig full-speed into a row of cars that were slowed virtually to a stop, inching slowly into a road narrowing from three to two lanes just west of the U.S. 15-501 exit.

Graybeal is being held at the Durham County jail in lieu of $1.2 million bail.

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