FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota judge has allowed a Canadian truck driver charged in a deadly March 15 crash to return to his home north of the border after posting a $5,000 bond.
According to court documents, 52-year-old Yuhai Zhu faces charges of negligent homicide and reckless endangerment — both felonies — stemming from an Interstate 94 wreck that authorities say he caused after stopping his big rig in the right westbound lane.
Zhu’s rig was subsequently rear-ended by another semi, causing a fiery crash that killed truck driver 72-year-old Randall Buxton. Police did not say why Zhu was stopped in the middle of the highway.
The wreck also caused approximately 6,700 gallons of ethylene glycol to leak from a tanker into the I-94 ditch, according to authorities.
The judge ordered Zhu, who needed a Mandarin interpreter in court, not to leave the U.S. or Canada. His next court date is set for April 19.
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