- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A judge is deciding where to hold the trial of a truck driver accused of negligent homicide in a triple-fatal crash near Stanley in June 2013.

Fifty-year-old Vernon Wright, of Hiram, Georgia, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted in the fiery crash that killed two Minot men and a Rhame man. He’s pleaded not guilty.

KXMC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/14vKRgj ) Judge Doug Mattson is sending questionnaires to 60 potential jurors in Mountrail County and to 40 in Ward County. He’ll decide where to hold the April trial based on the results.

Authorities allege Wright was driving a tanker trailer filled with oil and was at fault for the crash on U.S. Highway 2. The tanker trailer exploded and five other vehicles involved in the accident burned.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, https://www.kxnet.com


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