Kentucky driver sentenced for crash that killed 6

Benjamin Brewer
Benjamin Brewer (Photo Courtesy: Hamilton Co. Detention Center)

CHATTANOOGA, Tn. (WTVQ) – A truck driver from Kentucky has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for a deadly crash in Tennessee in 2015.

In January, a Tennessee jury found 42-year-old Benjamin Brewer, of London, guilty of six counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of reckless aggravated homicide, speeding and driving under the influence.

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Prosecutors say Brewer had methamphetamines in his system when the tractor-trailer he was driving barreled through a construction zone without braking on I-75 near Chattanooga, killing six people and injuring four others.

Five of those killed were from the same family, including an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old, who became trapped when their car burst into flames after being hit.

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.

On Monday, a judge sentenced Brewer, calling him a “dangerous offender.”