The trial for Michael Kozlowski, the trucker charged in a
deadly accident in October 2005 that left five people dead, has been moved to
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune reported that
the Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge William Gabler said media coverage in
the trial’s original location of Eau Claire, WI, could cause problems in
finding an impartial jury.
Kozlowski has been charged with 34 criminal charges related
to the accident.
Kozlowski allegedly lost control of his truck, causing it to
overturn and jackknife in the middle of Interstate 94 near Eau Claire, IN. A charter bus carrying 44 students and teachers from Chippewa Falls High School returning from a band competition then hit the truck.
Five people – including the band director and the bus driver
– were killed and 29 others were injured.
Kozlowski maintains that he was trying to pull his truck off
the side of the road to go to the bathroom when he hit some soft ground and
lost control. The prosecution contends that he fell asleep at the wheel.
A witness testified on Feb. 24 that he had seen Kozlowski
driving on the night in question and that his truck had swerved to the right
and repeatedly drove over the rumble strips along the highway.