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Wife of NC trucker killed in crash speaks out

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The wife of a North Carolina man killed after a tractor-trailer driver fell asleep at the wheel is speaking out about tired truckers.

WCNC-TV reports that Dana Johnson told a small crowd Saturday night in Charlotte that tired commercial drivers are putting other drivers at risk.

Shawn Johnson was killed in August in a wreck on Interstate 85 in Anderson, S.C. Authorities say 69-year-old Eddie Wyatt’s truck ran off the road. When he tried to get back on the pavement, Wyatt lost control, dragging a pickup and a sports utility vehicle into oncoming traffic, where they slammed into another 18-wheeler driven by Johnson.

Wyatt and Johnson were both killed. The coroner says Wyatt had a sleep disorder.
Information from: WCNC-TV. This story was written by the Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)