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Dec 13, 9:01 AM EST

Truck driver who touched off NY crash that killed 6 gets 30 days in jail for reckless driving


ANTWERP, N.Y. (AP) -- A truck driver who triggered a fiery chain-reaction crash that killed six people in northern New York has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of a misdemeanor.

The Watertown Daily Times reports ( http://goo.gl/i2qglg ) that 45-year-old James Mills Jr. of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Friday in the town of Antwerp court, where a jury found him guilty last month of reckless driving and a lesser traffic violation.

Investigators said Mills wasn't paying attention when he drove an 18-wheeler into a line of cars stopped for a paving project in the Jefferson County town in July 2012. They said there was no evidence drugs, alcohol or telephone use played a role.

Five of the dead, including three children, were in one SUV, the sixth in another SUV.

Lawsuits stemming from the wreck are pending.

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