Defendant’s version of Wisconsin wreck challenged

| 4/20/2007

Witnesses on Wednesday challenged a truck driver’s version of events leading up to a crash that killed five people on Interstate 94 south of Eau Claire, WI, in 2005.

The Associated Press reports that jurors heard witnesses say that 24-year-old Michael Kozlowski stayed up all night with friends the night before the accident.

Prosecutors contend a bus full of high school marching band members collided with Kozlowski’s overturned rig after he fell asleep at the wheel.

Kozlowski says he was just trying to pull over so he could go to the bathroom. But prosecution witnesses pointed out that his truck had the cruise control on and was in tenth gear at the time of the wreck.