Truck driver who caused fatal crash arrested in South Carolina

US 30 fatal crash on Jan. 8, 2013
US 30 fatal crash on Jan. 8, 2013

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (WANE) – U.S. Marshals arrested a truck driver who plowed into the rear of a line of cars at a red light on U.S. 30, killing two people and injuring six others, in South Carolina on Wednesday.

Scott Saunders, 51, of Kenoshsa, Wisconsin, was wanted in Allen County on 16 counts, including reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and criminal recklessness.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Saunders was driving westbound on U.S. 30, near South Doyle Road, on the morning of January 8, 2013. Witnesses said the light at the intersection had just turned green and the cars that had been stopped had not yet accelerated when Saunders’ semi slammed into the line of five cars.

A video obtained from a nearby truck stop at Doyle Road and U.S. 30 showed that the traffic signal had been red for 52 seconds before the crash.

The crash killed 65-year-old Suzanne K. Stephenson, of Monroeville, Indiana and 43-year-old Sandra Dealey, of Convoy, Ohio. Both women were wearing seatbelts and driving separate vehicles at the time of the crash.

U.S. Marshals arrested Saunders in Greenville, South Carolina on Wednesday. When Saunders was told he had a warrant out for his arrest in Indiana, he admitted to knowing what the warrant was about.

Police said Saunders is awaiting extradition back to Indiana.

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