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Trucking company involved in deadly crash had safety violations

Globe Carrier, a trucking company, is under scrutiny following a deadly truck accident that led to manslaughter charges against one of its drivers. The investigations, including inspection reports, compliance reviews and safety audits, revealed that the trucking company had incurred multiple safety violations during the last several years.

A 47-year-old driver employed by Globe Carrier was responsible for a multi-vehicle pileup last October. The deadly crash happened at approximately 11 p.m. on an interstate highway, when traffic had come to a stop as a result of a previous accident. The driver plowed his vehicle at full speed into eight vehicles, killing five and injuring ten others. As a result of that truck accident, police are currently charging him with five counts of manslaughter, assault causing serious injury, and the falsification of records and medical certificates.

Some of the safety violations leveled against Globe Carrier include forcing the driver involved in the fatal accident to work over 11 hours in a single stretch, allowing him to drive while not medically cleared, and falsification of records.

The Department of Transportation released safety violation records for the trucking company following a request for the documents made through the Freedom of Information Act. Authorities from the Department of Transportation have said that investigations are ongoing and that some information may not have been included in the requested documents.

This tragic story illustrates why trucks are held to higher safety regulations than the rest of the vehicles on the road. Because trucks are such large vehicles, truck accidents have the potential to cause grievous bodily injury and death. When trucking companies ignore safety regulations, they are also ignoring the safety of motorists on the road.

Source: BlueRidgeNow.com, "Trucking company in deadly I-26 crash has string of citations," John Harbin, 2/6/2011

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