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Cement trucker charged in bus driver's death

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A cement truck driver has been charged with manslaughter and assault six months after he struck an overpass and then a school bus on Long Island, killing the driver.

Police said Wednesday that 44-year-old Mineola resident Raymond Ragen faces a litany of charges, including reckless driving and aggravated vehicular assault, after the July crash in Locust Valley.

The crash killed 45-year-old bus driver Jorge Guevara and injured four children and a bus attendant.

Police say Ragen's truck smashed into a railroad underpass because it was too tall to fit underneath, then hit the oncoming bus.

In a news release Wednesday, police say Ragen also faces a charge he was using a cellphone while driving.

He will be arraigned later Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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