NTSB: trucker on phone at time of fatal Ky. crash

By BRETT BARROUQUERE | September 13, 2011 | 10:15 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials say a truck driver was using his cell phone at the time of a 2010 truck crash that killed 11 people.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said Tuesday that 45-year-old Kenneth Laymon of Jasper, Ala., had just made an outgoing call that lasted one second before the March 26, 2010, crash on Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Ky. Laymon's truck struck a van carrying a Mennonite family and friends to a wedding in Iowa.

Laymon and eight people in the van died.

The NTSB was told that the trucker had been using his phone for calls and texting in the hours before the wreck. Investigator Dennis Collins said at a hearing in Washington that the driver the NTSB staff thinks Layton was distracted by using his cell phone.