The second day of the manslaughter trial of a Tennessee truck driver accused of causing a crash that claimed the lives of two Knox County residents was dominated by the playing of two taped interviews with the defendant.

Randall Junior Weddle, 55, is charged with two counts of manslaughter, three counts of aggravated operating under the influence, two counts of driving to endanger and eight counts of various trucking rule violations. Those violations include false record-keeping, driving while fatigued, driving while using alcohol and driving while possessing alcohol.

Killed in the March 18, 2016, crash were 45-year-old Christina Torres-York of Warren and 74-year-old Paul Fowles of Owls Head. Tracy Cook of Union was injured, sustaining multiple broken bones and a concussion.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, jurors heard a taped interview with Weddle conducted by Capt. Bryant Skeen of the Russell County Sheriff's Office in Virginia. Weddle was picked up by police in Virginia after a warrant was issued for his arrest in May 2016 by the court in Knox County, Maine.

Weddle claimed a black sports utility vehicle strayed onto the center line as he was rounding a curve on Route 17 in a 1998 Freightliner hauling a 48-foot flatbed trailer loaded with lumber. Weddle said he veered to the right and got his tires onto the shoulder and he felt the load shifting.

He said the truck "starting going over," but that he did not recall striking any other vehicles. He said his next memory is being in the wreckage of the truck, trying to get out of the cab, but that he was pinned.

The Tennessee man told the Virginia officer that he was sober at the time of the crash and that he had not drunk anything since the night before, when he had stopped in Boston. He said he had a drink of Crown Royal whiskey.

He admitted taking Lortab, a prescribed pain medication for his back and legs, Weddle said. He admitted to Skeen that it was probably not a good idea to mix taking liquor and pain medication.

Weddle claimed he had been sick the day of the crash and was freezing one moment and then feeling like he was burning up the next.

Jurors also heard a taped interview of Weddle done at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston shortly after 9 p.m. on the night of the crash by Maine State Police Trooper Jeffrey DeGroot of the commercial vehicle enforcement division. The crash occurred at 4:45 p.m.

Weddle also claimed in that interview that a vehicle came over on his side and forced him to veer to the right and that the load apparently shifted.

In that interview, Weddle said he had not drunk anything since the previous Saturday. The crash occurred on a Friday.

He told DeGroot that he had been suffering from the flu. He told the officer that he was taking Lortab for pain, medicine for nerve problems, as well as blood pressure medication.

A blood sample taken from Weddle at the scene of the crash by an emergency medical technician and overseen by a Knox County deputy showed a blood alcohol level of 0.09 and one taken at the hospital in Augusta showed a level of 0.073.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Spear said a three-quarters-full container of Crown Royal whiskey was found in the cab of the truck, as well as several of the velvet bags that Crown Royal comes in.

Another witness who completed testimony Wednesday was Jeremy Wadsworth, who works at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, where the truck had been loaded with the lumber.

He said Weddle drove into the warehouse without a problem and that he got out of the cab briefly and spoke. Wadsworth said he did not detect anything unusual or concerning about Weddle, but said he did not get closer than 20 feet to the man.

The passenger in the truck, whom Weddle said in the interviews was his nephew, helped load the trailer and tied down the lumber.

The trial is expected to continue until early next week.

The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 30 years.

The state initially offered Weddle a 30-year prison sentence with all but 20 years suspended, an offer rejected by the Tennessee man.

There are seven women and five men on the jury, including two alternates.

Weddle is represented by attorneys Jeremy Pratt, Christopher MacLean, and Laura Shaw of Camden.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody and District Attorney Jonathan Liberman are prosecuting the case.