Impaired truck driver charged in crash that killed 6 people pleads guilty

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WASATCH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man police said was impaired when he caused a crash on Highway 40 that killed six people pleaded guilty in a Wasatch County courtroom on Wednesday. 

According to documents, Jamie McKenzie, 42, originally faced six second-degree felony counts of automobile homicide and two third-degree felony counts of driving under the influence for a crash that occurred on October 19 on U.S Highway 40. 

Investigators said McKenzie was driving a dump truck that crossed the median, vaulted over the cable barrier and broadsided a pickup truck Friday afternoon, documents state.  

The six men inside the pickup truck died at the scene. Three were ejected and the others were trapped inside the pickup when it was crushed by the dump truck.

Utah officials said the men were from Honduras and notifying the family of the crash was extremely difficult. 

Before the crash, troopers received multiple calls about the dump truck swerving and cutting off other vehicles.

The Utah Highway Patrol said investigating officers found prescription pills and open containers of alcohol inside the dump truck after the crash. 

Jail records show McKenzie refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, so highway patrol officials got a search warrant to draw his blood.

In court on Wednesday, McKenzie pleaded guilty to three of the counts of automobile homicide while the other five counts, including the two counts of DUI, were dismissed. 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Wasatch County Courthouse in Heber City. 

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