Police: Truck driver who crashed into home hadn’t slept in 32 hours, was under influence of drugs

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A dump truck driver who crashed into a South Brunswick home last month hadn’t slept in 32 hours and was under the influence of drugs prior to the crash, according to officials.

South Brunswick police say 55-year-old Donald Epps, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, was charged with endangerment, driving under the influence and numerous motor vehicle charges for the Aug. 14 crash.

Authorities say Epps drove into the home around 4:20 a.m. He was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Three people sleeping inside the home were not hurt.

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Authorities say Epps was high on cocaine and fentanyl at the time of the crash.

“To be under the influence of drugs while driving an 80,000-pound dump truck is reckless and endangers everyone. He destroyed a home where a family was sleeping, and but for an act of God this could have been a tragedy,” South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement.

Epps’ next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 3. It wasn’t known Tuesday if he had retained an attorney.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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