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Drivers in fatal pileup waive hearings

February 04, 2009|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two truck drivers charged in the deaths of two men in a February 2007 pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fannett Township waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court after the charges were reduced to recklessly endangering another person.

Michael E. Ford, 54, of Venus, Texas, and Yu Anmin, 49, of San Gabriel, Calif., each were charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle in the Jan. 27 crash that killed James C. Skinner, 41, of Lower Burrell, Pa., and his passenger, John Michael Taylor, 22, of Saltsburg, Pa.

Ford and Anmin were scheduled for mandatory arraignments in March, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Pennsylvania State Police had not charged Ford and Anmin in the deaths until August 2008, according to court records. Their preliminary hearings originally were set for last fall, but were postponed until Tuesday.

At the time of the accident, traffic was backed up several miles on the turnpike while the wreckage from an earlier crash was cleared from the westbound lanes, police said. An electric message board warned drivers to be prepared to stop and marked police cruisers with their emergency lights on were parked along the westbound lanes facing east.

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Police said Anmin was traveling about 42 mph when his tractor-trailer hit the backlog of traffic. The tractor-trailer Ford was driving was traveling at about 65 mph when it struck the rear of Anmin's truck, police said.

In the resulting chain-reaction crash, the Ford Five Hundred in which Skinner and Taylor were riding was pushed beneath the rear of another tractor-trailer, police said. Skinner was pronounced dead at the scene and Taylor died after being airlifted to York (Pa.) Hospital, and four people in other vehicles were hurt, police said.

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