A man was arrested on Thursday in connection with a six-vehicle crash earlier this year that killed five in Arizona after investigators said he was watching TikTok while driving his semi when the crash happened. is produced.
Officers arrested Danny Tiner, 36, on Thursday after a lengthy investigation found him responsible, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Tiner drove a tractor-trailer that caused the accident early in the morning of January 12, on a highway between Phoenix and Chandler. Two of the six cars involved were commercial vehicles, the statement said.
Tiner was jailed on $300,000 bail and faces multiple counts, including five counts of manslaughter, four counts of endangerment and one count of tampering with physical evidence.
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An investigation into the start of the incident revealed that Tiner was driving 110 km/h in a construction zone posted at 55 km/h while “actively using the TikTok app on his mobile phone at the time of the collision”.
In the statement, DPS said Tiner said he received a message on his electronic work tablet and went to check it out. When he looked up, traffic had stopped, but he was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
Prior to Tiner’s arrest on Thursday, DPS soldiers and detectives conducted a “hit and talk operation” at his home in connection with the fatal collision, according to court documents.
January’s wreckage produced a fiery fire that shut down Interstate 10 south of Phoenix for hours.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the collision left people trapped inside their cars amid the blaze.
“The accident with the five fatalities, we believe a distracted semiconductor driver did not slow down to slow traffic that was part of the second accident and crashed into two vehicles ahead of them. Another semiconductor was involved in this accident, it was a chain reaction. In all, there were six vehicles involved. Graves said at the time. “One of the vehicles was crushed between the two tractor-trailers, which took fire. Another semi-trailer also caught fire.”
Graves said the intensity of the fire was “so great” that it took firefighters nearly four hours to bring the blaze under control.
Rescue efforts to recover the bodies could not begin until nearly four hours after the crash.