The trial of a Tennessee truck driver accused of causing the deaths of two Knox County residents in 2016 recessed for the weekend after two state police experts testified Jan. 26 about speed and the condition of the tractor-trailer.

Daniel Russell, who conducted an inspection on the 1998 Freightliner driven by 55-year-old Randall Junior Weddle of Greeneville, Tenn., said he found no mechanical problems that would have contributed to the March 18, 2016, crash that claimed the lives of 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 from the crash that occurred on Route 17 in Washington.

Russell inspected the braking system, steering system and suspension system, along with other parts of the vehicle.

He was followed on the witness stand by Michael Pion of the Maine State Police. Pion conducted an extensive review of the crash to determine the speed of the tractor-trailer.

He said his conclusion was that the truck was traveling at a minimum of 69.4 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit on that stretch of Route 17 is 50 miles per hour.

He also concluded that the truck was in the oncoming lane when the crash occurred, while the other vehicles, heading east, were in their correct lane.

Pion said the truck was traveling too fast to make that curve. The state police vehicle reconstruction expert said the curve, near Fitch Road, is a problem area for crashes, but that the road design was not the cause of the crash.

The prosecution plans to present additional witnesses when the trial resumes  Monday. Justice William Stokes told jurors that they should be given the case to deliberate on Tuesday.

Weddle 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.

Manslaughter carries a possible 30-year prison term.

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.