Trucker sentenced in Ohio special needs bus crash

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Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:58 AM
Trucker sentenced in Ohio special needs bus crash

A Chicago truck driver has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for a crash that killed four people on a special needs bus during a snowstorm in Ohio.

The Springfield News-Sun reports 60-year-old Zygmunt Wieckowski (ZIG'-munt wih-KOW'-ski) was in tears Wednesday as he apologized in court to the families. The bus driver and three special needs adults were killed in the crash in January on Interstate 70 near Springfield in western Ohio.

Wieckowski pleaded no contest in August to four counts of vehicular manslaughter and was found guilty of the misdemeanor charges.

He was released after the sentencing hearing, pending an appeal.

Investigators said they believed Wieckowski was driving too fast for slick roads when his tractor-trailer went out of control and hit the bus.


Information from: Springfield News-Sun,