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U.S. Department of Transportation Orders Trucking Company Off the Road

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Tennessee truck driver and his trucking company to cease operations, following an accident in Pennsylvania in November of 2013.

In November, the truck driver was travelling along Interstate 81 in Franklin County when veered onto the shoulder of the road, hitting a car and 2 pedestrians. He then hit a dump truck and his tractor-trailer overturned. The truck driver fled the scene and was later apprehended. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to stop at an accident involving death or personal injury, as well as other charges.

In 2009, the driver was convicted of driving under the influence in Utah, where he also attempted to flee the scene.

In their press release, FMCSA called the driver and his trucking company an “imminent hazards to public safety.” The U.S. Transporation Secretary said, “Safety is our highest priority, and that includes every motor carrier, big or small, along with all other drivers on the road.”

The driver was served federal orders to cease operations on Jan. 22.