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Wisconsin truck driver pleads guilty in crash that killed five


HENDERSON COUNTY, NC (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin truck driver could spend up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to driving his rig into a line of stopped traffic on a North Carolina interstate.

The October 2010 crash on Interstate 26 killed five people.

Roumen Todorov Velkov, of Beloit, pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of involuntary manslaughter. A judge sentenced the 50-year-old Bulgarian immigrant to between 48 and 60 months in prison.

Three victims were from the Hendersonville, NC area and two from Lexington, SC.

Authorities said Velkov was headed east on I-26 in mountainous Henderson County when his tractor-trailer plowed into a line of cars stopped by another accident. Investigators said they found the truck's speedometer stuck at 70 mph.

A state trooper attributed the accident to driver fatigue.

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