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Ten-Year Sentence For Driver Who Killed 5

Sun., June 4, 1995

A milk-truck driver who plowed into a roadside cleanup crew, killing five people and injuring 14, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

George Schaapman, 38, said he fell asleep at the wheel of his 40-ton truck after working four straight days and taking Valium and amphetamines and smoking marijuana. His truck drifted to the side of the highway and struck a bus, a van and pickup truck unloading a litter-collection crew.

Many crew members were serving community service sentences for minor convictions, including drunken driving.

Schaapman pleaded guilty last month to vehicular manslaughter, gross negligence and driving under the influence in the 1994 accident.

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