Big Rig Driver in Deadly North Carolina Crash Charged with DWI

A tractor trailer driver has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in an accident that killed three motorists in North Carolina.The driver of a tractor trailer involved in an accident that killed three people on Interstate 40 in Durham County, North Carolina, has been charged with driving while impaired.

Chapel Hill News reports that 50-year-old Ronald Eugene Graybeal of Tennessee is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Durham County Jail following his arrest after the accident on June 29.

Graybeal, who reportedly is a convicted rapist and burglar, has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and methadone. He also faces three counts of motor vehicle homicide.

According to the news agency, the accident occurred when Graybeal was traveling west on Interstate 40 near the U.S. 15-501 overpass when he hit four vehicles, one of which burst into flames upon impact. The drivers of three of the vehicles were all killed in the crash. A fourth motorist was taken to Duke hospital where he was treated and released for what was described as non-life threatening injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 19 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Durham County, North Carolina, in 2009.