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Trucker was watching Netflix on phone when he caused I-35 crash that killed couple, charges say

A trucker was watching a Netflix show on his phone when he caused a three-vehicle wreck last summer amid slowing traffic on a southern Minnesota interstate that left a husband and wife dead, according to charges.

Billie Joe Grimes, 55, of Lancing, Tenn., was charged Friday in Rice County District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the crash on Aug. 25 along northbound Interstate 35 just south of Faribault

Grimes was charged by summons and is scheduled to appear in court on May 15. In a brief interview Monday with the Star Tribune, Grimes said he was unaware of the charges alleging he was watching an episode of "Rust Valley Restorers" and denied that he was viewing anything on his phone.


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