UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash was on first run for company
UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board’s lead investigator into last week’s fatal crash on Interstate 75 near Ooltewah says their preliminary report into the accident should be released in ten days or so, but the full report will take months longer.
Pete Kotowski, the NTSB investigator in charge, says they’re awaiting test results on the blood taken from Benjamin Brewer, the truck driver involved in the nine-vehicle collision just north of exit 11 last Thursday night.
The driver of the truck, Benjamin Scott Brewer, 39, has had various brushes with the law and is wanted for a bench warrant following a charge of possession of an illegally obtained prescription.
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Kotowski says Brewer was in his first week of work for the London, Kentucky employer and was involved in another accident in Wildwood, Florida, the day previous to Thursday’s crash in Ooltewah.
Because of the severity of the crash, the NTSB deployed an investigative team of 11; typically five are sent.
Brewer, who is still able to legally drive, was tested for drugs and alcohol. His blood samples were sent to Nashville Wednesday for testing and analysis.
Additionally, the NTSB is examining logs to determine if driver fatigue is a factor in the crash. Cell phone usage is also being investigated.
Chattanooga Police Department Sergeant David Allen says investigators are asking for the public’s patience as they review all aspects of the accident.