Truck driver charged with negligent murder in loss of life of fellow trucker in fiery I-94 hazmat crash in North Dakota

Authorities in North Dakota have charged a truck driver for his function in a deadly crash that occurred close to Mapleton on Wednesday.

The North Dakota Freeway Patrol (NDHP) says that 52 yr previous Ontario resident Yuhai Zhu has been arrested on expenses of negligent murder within the loss of life of B.C. resident Randall Buxton, 72.

The deadly crash occurred round 1:45 p.m. on March 15, when Zhu was working a Volvo hauling a tanker crammed with ethylene glycol (inexperienced antifreeze used as airplane de-icer). NDHP says Zhu stopped for unknown causes in the proper lane of visitors on westbound I-94.

Buxton was working a Peterbilt hauling a big piece of HVAC gear. He swerved left whereas approaching the Volvo in the proper lane of the interstate, however nonetheless struck the tanker. The Volvo was pushed off I-94 and partially right into a ditch.

Buxton’s truck caught fireplace and he was not capable of escape from the cab. He died on the scene.

Zhu wasn’t harm within the crash.

“There was a fireplace that resulted and clearly, sadly, a type of drivers was unable to get out of that truck. It’s a really disturbing scene. Clearly then we’ve got the hazmat incident happening in the identical location on the identical time. So, it’s only a very, very tough scene to undergo,” NDHP Capt. Bryan Niewind stated.

An estimated 6,500-6,700 gallons of ethylene glycol leaked right into a ditch on account of the crash.

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