A sleepy driver allegedly led to unimaginable carnage, reports The Associated Press. Thirteen people died at the scene when a bus, driven by Ophadell Williams, slid off the side of the road, tipped onto its side, and had its roof sheared off. Two died at the hospital. One passenger used his arms to protect his head and had those arms torn off. Another man lost an ear. Others suffered broken bones.
Williams is currently on trial for multiple counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Both charges require proof of negligence, or even worse, recklessness. In order to convict, the allegations of speeding and fatigued driving will have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This means the judge or jury will have to be nearly certain that Williams' conduct caused the accident and that such conduct fell below what is expected of the reasonable bus driver.