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Driver Charged In Crash That Killed 2 Firefighters


WARM DAY, AMELIA? YES, WE WILL HAVE HEADLINES. CHRIS SHAFFER WILL BE BY TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FORECAST. WE BEGIN WITH A FOLLOW UP TO A CRASH THAT KILLED TWO MICHIGAN FIREFIGHTERS. THEY WERE PART OF A CREW OF NINE THAT WERE HEADING TO UTAH, RAGING FOREST FIRE THERE. THE DRIVER OF THE FIRE TRUCK LOST CONTROL ON INTERSTATE 35W AND ROLLING INTO THE MEDIAN AND KILLING TWO MEN. STATE PATROL INVESTIGATORS ARRESTED THE DRIVER. 28-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL JOHNSON WHO IS CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. BILL? Reporter: THE PATROL WRAPPED UP A COMPLICATED CASE AND LATE THIS AFTERNOON, ANOKA COUNTY ATTORNEY DID FILE THE CHARMS. JOHNSON WAS NOT ONLY SLEEP DEPRIVED AND LIKELY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. MN/DOT CREWS SPENT THE DAY REPAIRING THIS BARRIER. IT IS THE SCENE THAT LEFT TWO MICHIGAN FIREFIGHTERS DEAD AND TRANSPORTING NINE MEMBERS ROLLED. MICHAEL JOHNSON IS IN THE ANOKA COUNTY JAIL NOW CHARGED WITH CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE. HE ADMITTED SMOKING MARIJUANA THAT MORNING AND USING COCAINE TWO DAYS EARLIER. HE SAID HE FELL ASLEEP AND VEERED INTO THE BARRIER KILLING THE FIREFIGHTERS AND INJURING HIMSELF AND SIX OTHERS. THE CRASH SNARLED TRAFFIC ON 356789 W WELL INTO THE EVENING. A SECOND BEAR TOWN TRUCK CARRYING NINE MORE FIREFIGHTERS WAS STOPPED IN BLOOMINGTON AND THEIR HANDS RESTRAINED AND THEY SAT ALONG A CURB AND INDIVIDUALLY QUESTIONED AND LET ON THEIR WAY. THE FIREFIGHTERS SPECIALIZE IN FIGHTING FOREST AND WILD LAND FIRES. FROM THE INDIAN BAY COMMUNITY. THEY WERE DRIVING 1600 MILES FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA TO UTAH WHERE THEY JOIN THE FIGHT TO CONTAIN THE RIVER BOX CANYON FIRE EAST OF SALT LAKE CITY. TRAVELING IN A CONVOY OF THREE VEHICLES, CARRYING 20 MEMBER. NOW, INSTEAD, THE REMAINING FIREFIGHTERS ARE PREPARING FOR TUESDAY’S PROCESSION BACK HOME WITH THE BODIES OF TWO DECEASED COMRADES. JOHNSON IS EXPECTED TO MAKE

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  • I really hope Minnesota presses charges to the KBiC, they failed to drug test and have a CDL for the driver Michael Johnson! I pray for all families involved!

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