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FMCSA Declares Kentucky Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

July 22, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Regulations, Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Kentucky-licensed truck driver Benjamin Scott Brewer to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

The federal action follows Brewer’s alleged involvement in a nine-vehicle, six-fatality crash that occurred June 25 along Interstate 75 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Brewer, a commercial driver’s license holder, was served the federal order on July 19.

An ongoing post-crash investigation by FMCSA investigators revealed that Brewer had falsified his records-of-duty status in the days leading up to the crash, specifically reporting that he had been off-duty from June 15 until 7 a.m. on June 25. The vehicle tracking system used by his employer, along with other records, shows that Brewer had been on-duty and driving on June 22, 23 and 24.

Brewer’s application for employment, dated June 16, 2015, and which required him to list all accidents and traffic convictions occurring in the previous three years, omitted a June 2013 crash and a January 2015 citation for speeding 16-20 miles-per-hour above the limit. In May 2015, Brewer tested positive for controlled substances following a court-order controlled substances test.

FMCSA will continue to assist the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is leading the investigation into the June 25 crash.