Day 3 of Murphy trial: Inspector testifies no malfunction of semi
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. — A State Patrol truck investigator testified the semi was working properly when an Indiana semitruck driver crashed into a school bus full of children last year.
Wayne Murphy is facing 46 counts, including 10 felonies, for crashing into the bus stalled on the side of Interstate 39 last year. Five students were seriously injured.
Day three of Murphy’s trial Wednesday focused on the semitruck itself. State Patrol truck investigator Sgt. Rich Krisher testified on the working order of the semi at the time of the crash.
Krisher said he observed the semi tractor after the crash, and rode along on a test drive a month later after some minor repairs. He said the truck preformed as expected.
“There were violations found during the post-crash inspection of the truck, but none of the violations would have caused the tractor or trailer to deviate from its lane of travel,” he testified.
Krisher also said that an issue with an air hose was not detected before the incident, which indicates Murphy did a poor job of doing a pretrip inspection on his vehicle.
Murphy is expected to testify sometime this week. His lawyers hinted at a possible testimony about his load being top-heavy, but Krisher said he couldn’t tell if it was top-heavy or not.
Authorities found prescription drugs in Murphy’s system at the time of the crash. Murphy claims he has a prescription for them, but authorities said he may have taken two times the prescribed dose.
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