UPDATE: Trucker in deadly Georgia crash gets five years

By Land Line staff | Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Editor’s note: This article replaces and retracts a previous version that incorrectly linked Total Transportation to a crash that neither the company nor their driver was involved in.

A trucker involved in a deadly crash that killed five nursing students has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The driver, John Wayne Johnson, of Shreveport, La., pleaded guilty last week in a Georgia state court to causing the deadly April 22, 2015, pileup that also left two other nursing students with serious injuries. He pleaded guilty to nine counts including five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, according to court records. Among the conditions of his plea agreement are that he must surrender his commercial driver’s license for life.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:50 a.m. on April 22, 2015, when the tractor-trailer Johnson was driving collided with a line of vehicles that were stopped due to another crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 16 in Bryan County.

Both Johnson and his employer – Total Transportation of Mississippi – were indicted by a grand jury last month. Charges against Total Transportation were dismissed after the company spent $200,000 to establish an education fund for student nurses. The company has also paid out more than $78 million to the families of the crash victims.

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