- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A log truck driver who tested positive for methamphetamine following a fatal Arkansas 2014 crash has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2cusGyA ) 41-year-old Jerry L. Hickman of Bee Branch was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in Van Buren County Monday to numerous charges, including two counts of negligent homicide.

The June 2, 2014, crash occurred in Clinton when the tractor-trailer truck Hickman was driving south on U.S. 65 had a blowout on the left rear of its trailer. The truck’s trailer overturned and spilled logs onto a road and bridge being worked on by a construction crew.

Two construction workers - 40-year-old Ricardo Trochez of Atkins and 51-year-old Hubert Keith Moore of Chester - were struck by logs and killed. Nineteen others were injured.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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