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FMCSA removes Ohio truck driver from road

Operator declared imminent hazard after accident involving two deaths

Posted February 6, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared an Ohio-licensed driver an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in interstate commerce.

The commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder was served the federal order in December after striking and killing two individuals while operating his truck in the past six months.

On July 2, 2018, the driver struck a man who was standing near his disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He was charged with: careless driving causing death of another person; driving a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions; driving outside of a single lane before ascertaining if the movement can be made safely; and failing to wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt system.

On December 7, 2018, the driver drove his truck onto the fog line and struck a highway construction worker who was standing next to a parked vehicle along U.S. highway 33 in Union County, Ohio. After striking the man, the driver did not stop but continued to drive. The case remains under investigation by Union County law enforcement officials.

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