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Survivor of massive I-75 wreck reflects on first anniversary

Survivor of massive I-75 wreck speaks with NewsChannel 9.

June 25, 2015 is etched in the minds of the families of six people who perished in a massive pile-up on Interstate 75.

It's also a solemn date for the survivors of the crash, including 25-year-old Ryan Humphries.

He was driving home from work when Benjamin Brewer allegedly drove his 18-wheeler truck into several stopped cars.

Humphries suffered third degree burns to his foot, a head injury, and a broken arm.

He doesn't remember the moments before or during impact. He only remembers waking in the back of an ambulance, rushing him to the hospital.

"Nothing like waking up strapped to a backboard and wearing a neck brace," he says.

In the months since the pile-up, Humphries has had several surgeries to repair his arm.

In addition to having drugs in his system, the National Transportation Safety Board says Brewer drove fifteen straight hours before the crash. That's five more than what's allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Brewer also received no training from his employer, Cool Runnings Express.

A year later, Brewer sits in jail for the crime while victims try to move forward.

"It is what it is. On the other hand, I really don't care about him. He did what he did. He's going to get what's coming to him," says Humphries.

Humphries will testify against Brewer at his trial beginning November 8th, 2016.

He's charged with six counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence.

Brewer and Cool Runnings Express are being sued by six parties, including Humphries.


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