Driver of truck in deadly Egnatia Highway accident remanded in custody

A prosecutor in Veria, northern Greece, ordered that a 39-year-old Romanian man who was behind the wheel of the truck that plowed into dozens of vehicles in northern Greece on Sunday, killing five people and injuring around 30, be remanded in pretrial custody.

The suspect, whose name has not been made public, faces multiples charges of negligent manslaughter. He claims that the brakes on his vehicle failed on a downhill stretch of the Egnatia Highway between Veria and Thessaloniki, and that he was unable to stop it from plowing into dozens of cars stopped on the highway as roadworks were under way.

His claims have been backed by another man who was riding in the truck at the time of the accident.

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