Semi driver accused of hitting school bus ordered to trial

COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — The driver of a semi accused of slamming into a school bus along the Interstate in Columbia County will go to trial.

Wayne Murphy faces five counts of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and five counts of second degree reckless injury.

The crash happened near Lodi on May 23, 2018. All 33 people on board had were hurt. Court documents show several were in critical condition, with difficulty breathing, concussions and broken bones just some of the injuries. 

Murphy appeared in court on Thursday.

State Trooper Michael Marquardt was called to the scene on May 23 to investigate. He testified that pills were found in Murphy’s truck.

The criminal complaint against Murphy reveals another truck driver saw Murphy veering off the road. That driver called the 800 number on the back of his trailer, and the company called state authorities.

Thursday a Columbia County judge said that there is probable cause to believe that a felony was committed within the county and that it was "probably" Murphy. He was ordered to trial.

No trial date was immediately set.

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