Not-guilty plea in pile-up crash

From the Associated Press

A Texas man has pleaded not guilty to felony charges related to a pileup on California 99 that killed two people and injured 68 others last fall.

Morris Earl Taylor, 61, entered the plea Monday in Fresno County Superior Court.

He has been charged with driving under the influence and causing injury, and driving at a speed unsafe for conditions.


Seven other people have been charged, and 40 others have been cited for speeding in connection with the pileup that involved 92 vehicles and closed the highway for 13 hours.

The California Highway Patrol blames Taylor for the initial crash, but not the 80 or so other collisions in the chain reaction that followed.

Taylor’s pre-preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 18. A judge set his bail at $20,000.