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DURHAM — A truck driver involved in an accident thatkilled eight people was too emotionally distraught and physically injuredto appear in court Monday, his attorney said, and a Nov. 18 court date hasbeen set.

On Aug. 23, a tractor trailer driven by Essau Dixon slammedinto several vehicles that had slowed for a construction zone onInterstate 85 north of Durham.

Six people died that night, two othersdied later in hospitals. Dixon is charged with six counts ofmisdemeanor death by motor vehicle, and he likely will face twoadditional charges.

Dixon's attorney,Tom Loflin, says his client has suffered from unfair andinaccuratereporting.

Loflin says the truck'son-board computer showed that Dixon was traveling 56mph just before the accident.

Mildred Robert-Davis' son, Kenneth, died eight days after theaccident.She says she feels the driver did something wrong.

Kenneth Davis' wife and son also were injured in the accident that tookThey have recovered.

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