Truck driver declared imminent hazard for egregious HOS violations
Posted August 18, 2017
A Virginia-licensed truck driver is declared an imminent hazard to public safety as the result of an investigation following a deadly crash on June 24, 2017, occurring outside of Washington, DC.
The driver cannot operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce, based on an order from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
According to an investigation of the crash, the commercial driver was operating a large commercial truck along Interstate 495 at approximately 3:50 p.m. when he drifted into a caution-striped, paved median area. Two individuals — who had stopped to adjust the securement of a boat to a trailer — were struck by the CMV. One of the two was killed, and the other was seriously injured.
Virginia State Police found the driver to be in egregious violation of federal hours-of-service regulations at the time of the crash. He had been on-duty and driving for more than 103 hours over the previous eight days – with only a single 10-hour off-duty period taken.
Enforcement also discovered that the driver had been involved in a different crash just 19 hours earlier. On June 23, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m., he crashed a different large commercial truck into the rear of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus. This earlier crash resulted in numerous passenger injuries.
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