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Two new lawsuits filed against truck driver in deadly I-75 crash

Prosecutors say Benjamin Brewer slammed his 18-wheeler into cars stopped for construction on I-75 in Ooltewah on June 25th, 2015, killing six people. (Image: WTVC)

More lawsuits are filed over a deadly crash on Interstate 75.

Prosecutors say Benjamin Brewer slammed his 18-wheeler into cars stopped for construction on I-75 in Ooltewah on June 25th, 2015, killing six people.

Two familes of the victims have filed lawsuits against Brewer, the trucking company Cool Runnings Express, and the people involved in the construction project that stopped traffic.

According to Hamilton County Court, both lawsuits are asking for millions of dollars in damages.

A total of six lawsuits are now filed against Brewer and Cool Runnings Express.

Justin Knox of Knoxville and Ryan Humphries of Cleveland, both survivors of the wreck, filed lawsuits seeking more than $10 million each.

The family of Brian Gallaher, the late band director at Ocoee Middle School, is suing for $11 million from Cool Runnings Express.

A fourth suit was filed last week by Travis Close, a Signal Mountain realtor.

Related: Community Reacts to Brewer's Charges in I-75 Deadly Crash

Saturday will mark the one year anniversary of the crash.

According to court records, Brewer had only been hired by Cool Runnings Express ten days before the wreck.

NewsChannel 9 cameras were rolling as investigators conducted a field sobriety test.

Brewer would later be charged with driving under the influence and six counts of vehicular homicide.

Brewer has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for August 16th, and his trial is now scheduled to begin on November 8th. Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates on this story as we get them.


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