MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A tractor-trailer driver has been charged in death of two people in a June 2 accident in southeast Memphis, Tennessee.
WATN reports that the accident happened after the driver of a UPS tractor-trailer collided with a 2003 Mercury Marquise at 3676 Swinnea Road in Memphis as he was exiting a private driveway.
At 9:17 pm, at 3676 Swinnea Road, officers responded to an accident where a vehicle had struck a UPS Tractor Trailer. One person was pronounced deceased on scene. This is an ongoing investigation. pic.twitter.com/gZFHPsbBTN
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) June 3, 2022
McDonald’s 2013 Freightliner was pulling a 63-foot trailer as he made the left turn from the private drive into the center lane, according to police. Police said McDonald stopped in the center lane, waiting for the northbound lanes to clear, but did not totally clear the left southbound travel lane.
The Mercury Marquise was traveling southbound while part of the trailer was stopped in the travel lane leading to the collision. Two people in the Mercury Marquise, the 48-year-old male driver and a 44-year-old female passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
McDonald was arrested and charged with unlawfully committing the offense of fail to yield with serious injury/death, according to the Memphis Police Department. His bond was set at $1,000 and has been paid. His arraignment was set for Monday, June 6.
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