William Moore, 55, a chauffeur working for Carey Indiana, was on his way to pick up six clients on June 19, when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Moore's stretch limousine crashed into the rear of a Ford Mustang that was stopped at a red light, and resulted in a six-vehicle accident.
The driver of the Mustang was killed when the vehicle burst into flames upon impact. The other drivers, including Moore, suffered only minor injuries. Autopsy reports stated that the cause of death was due to smoke inhalation and thermal burns.
Witness reported to police that the chauffeur was traveling at approximately 65-70 mph, when his limousine hit the line of stopped vehicles. Moore told officers that he woke up in time to see the cars (in front of him), and tried to swerve to avoid them.
?While this investigation ensues, there has been some speculation that the driver was tired due to working beyond reasonable hours and that is simply not the case,? stated Jon Goldberg, senior vice president of Carey International in Washington D.C. ?The chauffeur started his shift at 4:30 a.m., and the accident happened 7 1/2 hours later at 12:00 p.m. He had the previous day off as well. Further, there were no drugs or alcohol involved.?
The Morgan County Sheriffs Department confirmed that there were no drugs or alcohol involved in the accident.
Beyond that, Carey would not speculate on the incident citing that due to the sensitive nature of this accident they planned to wait until the final investigation report.
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