COLUMBIA COUNTY — Semi truck driver Wayne Murphy from Indiana made his initial appearance in a Columbia County court on Thursday, June 7.
Murphy, 42, is accused of being intoxicated when he allegedly hit a school bus filled with students from HOPE Christian School: Semper — located in Milwaukee, on the shoulder of northbound I-39.
He faces 10 charges:
- Injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle (five counts)
- Second degree reckless injury (five counts)
Cash bond was set at $35,000 on Thursday.
The crash happened while the Milwaukee students were on their way to the Dells Wednesday, May 23. Of 33 people on board, 20 were hurt — four with serious injuries.
Murphy worked for Dahl Trucking Company, based out of North Dakota. A company representative said he had only been on the road for an hour before the crash.
A criminal complaint says a call came in regarding Murphy’s driving prior to the crash. Prosecutors say Murphy took too much anti-anxiety medication that day, though the complaint notes he denied it affected his driving.
A FOX6 investigation revealed Dahl Trucking drivers had been cited for 27 moving violations over the past two years, two in Wisconsin.
Murphy is due back in court for his preliminary hearing on July 12.