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SPANISH FORK (KSL News Services) -- Utah Highway Patrol Troopers and the Utah County Attorney are meeting today to decide which criminal charges will be filed against the driver of the truck that exploded on highway six last Wednesday.
Lieutenant Doug McCleve says charges could range from speeding to reckless driving. ”There is a state statute that talks about causing a catastrophe and I don’t know what all the elements are, and that’s certainly something were going to look at.”
Investigators have said the driver was going too fast as he was headed into the curve. The truck rolled then its cargo exploded. Troopers say they hope this accident at least convinces drivers to slow down.
“There’s lots of questions in our mind as to why a professional truck driver would enter a curve at that speed, carrying that kind of load,” McCleve says.
The truck driver was driving about 20-25 miles over the speed limit when the truck rolled. Investigators have told KSL NewsRadio the truck lost control and hit the guardrail. The sparks from the guardrail ignited the 35-thousand pounds of explosives.
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