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Big rig driver accused in fatal 2008 pileup faces June trial

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Clayton, Mo. – An Alabama truck driver accused of causing a traffic pileup that killed three people and injured 15 others a year and a half ago will face trial this summer in St. Louis County.

Jeffrey Knight faces three counts of involuntary manslaughter. His June 21 trial date was set at a hearing yesterday .

Prosecutors allege that Knight was distracted by a cell phone call before his tractor-trailer truck slammed into vehicles that had slowed down on Interstate 64 in July 2008.

The collision caused a chain reaction accident involving more than a dozen cars.