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Investigators believe driver was high when accident happened

Florida residents may remember the horrific accident that occurred in Oklahoma on Sept. 27, 2014. In the accident, a large truck crashed into a bus carrying a women's athletic team back to Texas to their college. Four women were killed in the accident, and the truck driver was charged with four manslaughter counts as a result.

According to sources, the investigating officers found a pipe containing residue of synthetic marijuana in the driver's truck. They believe he smoked it before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the man did not brake, turn or slow before careening into the bus.

While the man's blood did not show the presence of synthetic marijuana, the NTSB indicated that the substance is often hard to find using blood testing due to its volatility. The formula for these drugs is changed so frequently that it is difficult to design a test for them. Manufacturers simply change the formula to make a new substance as each prior one is outlawed.

Driving under the influence of drugs is just as illegal as driving under the influence of alcohol. When a person does so and causes a major or fatal accident, they will usually face criminal charges. Injured victims or the families of those killed may want to file civil lawsuits against the driver while the criminal matter is pending. In truck accidents that are caused by driver negligence, both the driver and the trucking company itself may be held financially responsible for the losses incurred by injured plaintiffs or the families of those who are killed if negligence can be demonstrated. Those who have been harmed in this manner may want to discuss their situations with a personal injury attorney.

Source: News OK, "Truck driver smoked synthetic pot before crash that killed four," Chris Casteel, Nov. 17, 2015

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