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Tractor-trailer driver falls asleep at wheel after taking muscle relaxer

Although alcohol is typically a direct result of driving while intoxicated, another form of inebriation can be in the form of pills, which was a factor in the latest deadly crash in Phoenix, Arizona. Furthermore, semi driver, Brian Knoll caused a fiery chain reaction crash, which happened Wednesday morning. According to Knoll, he took a muscle relaxer the night before, and fell asleep at the wheel and is now facing second-degree murder charges.

Early that morning after falling asleep at the wheel, Knoll crossed three lanes of oncoming traffic and rear-ended a vehicle stopped in traffic driven by Paul Troupe. As a result, the semi exploded into flames consuming Troupe's vehicle. Sadly, although Troupe was rescued from the fire, he died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The initial crash set off a chain of other accidents, which included five other injuries, one patient who is currently on life-support. In conjunction with the ongoing investigation, it was found that Knoll's semi did not have any mechanical failures as a result of the accident.

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