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Trucker sentenced to 55 years for deadly 2015 Tennessee crash

Police said Ben Brewer had methamphetamines in his system when he plowed through multiple cars on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga in 2015 killing six people. (WTVC)

A man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing six people and injuring others in 2015 when his tractor-trailer careened into stopped traffic on a Tennessee highway.


Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole sentenced 42-year-old Benjamin Brewer on Monday.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Brewer apologized, and Poole said he appreciated the gesture but Brewer was a "dangerous offender." Prosecutors said Brewer had methamphetamines in his system when he sped down Interstate 75 and barreled through the cars without braking, traveling 453 feet before his tractor-trailer stopped.


Brewer's attorneys noted no responding officers said Brewer appeared under the influence and a state toxicologist admitted to contaminating Brewer's blood test that was methamphetamine-positive. Brewer was convicted January of six counts of vehicular homicide, among other charges.

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