The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Georgia-based
trucking company to cease all operations after determining that it posed
an imminent hazard to public safety. Industrial Transit, Inc., based in
LaGrange, was ordered to suspend all interstate and intrastate operations
as of October 4.
Industrial Transit, Inc. operates five commercial big rigs to transport
auto parts, including volatile and potentially highly explosive products
federally designated as hazardous materials. The federal order came after
a post-crash investigation involving an Industrial Transit track that
was involved in a rollover crash in Texas.
According to officials, the tractor trailer had been traveling at an unsafe
speed when it veered off a curve, hit a culvert, and caught fire. Takata
air bag components being transported as cargo then exploded and damaged
houses and structures in the surrounding area. One resident of a nearby
home was killed in the blast and several other victims were injured.
After the crash, FMCSA investigators found Industrial Transit in violation
of numerous federal safety regulations. Their findings included, among
- Unqualified drivers – Industrial Transit failed to meet proper driver
qualification requirements when hiring or retaining drivers, including
proper licensing and physical fitness. Prior to the crash, the company
permitted two drivers to operate vehicles without a valid CDL (commercial
driver’s license). Investigators also found that drivers were not
properly trained in the transportation and handing of hazardous materials.
- Failure to monitor drivers – Industrial Transit did not sufficiently
monitor drivers using random drug and alcohol testing and did not enforce
compliance with federal Hours-of-Service Rules to prevent fatigued drivers
from operating commercial vehicles.
- Improper vehicle maintenance – Industrial transit failed in the proper
inspection, maintenance, and repair of its fleet. Ten previous inspections
placed the company’s trucks out-of-service or cited them for safety
FMCSA regulations are in place to ensure public safety, and they become
crucially important when hazardous materials are involved. By failing
to meet these standards, trucking companies and drivers negligently place
the public at risk of suffering preventable harm. The FMCSA’s order
to stop Industrial Transit from its current operations speak volumes about
how these safety regulations are serious matters.
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truck accident victims and families, including those who were harmed in crashes where
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