Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Declares Imminent Hazard on Three Drivers

October 25, 2013

By Truckinginfo Staff

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration named three truck drivers as imminent hazards for separate crashes in which people were either killed or seriously injured.

Scotty Arnst, a driver for Arkansas carrier Dollar Trucking, struck and killed two people changing a tire on the shoulder of Arkansas Highway 7, the agency said.

In its investigation of the September 22 crash, the agency learned that Arnst had worked for three separate carriers in the previous nine months and had not told any of them that he’d been involved in previous crashes and had been fired for high-risk driving.

Arnst also had not disclosed that he had disqualifying medical conditions, and had submitted outdated medical examiner certificates, the agency said.

The second driver, Stewart Snededker of the Illinois carrier Paris Transport, hit a Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser parked on the side of I-75 with its lights flashing, seriously injuring the trooper. This was on June 23.

Snedeker fled in his truck and was apprehended 10 miles away. He was charged with driving under the influence, among other offenses.

Investigators later learned that Snedeker had potentially disqualifying medical conditions and had falsified his medical history.

The third driver, Tracy Ferrell of Fleet Quest Inc. in Michigan, drove into the back of a passenger car stopped in traffic on U.S. Highway 23 in Ohio, killing the driver.

The investigation of the September 11 crash found that Ferrell had exceeded hours-of-service limits and repeatedly falsified his on-duty records during the five weeks before the crash.

Each of the three has been placed out of service. So far this year the agency has made a total of 10 such declarations.






  1. 1. Paul Haller [ October 28, 2013 @ 06:16AM ]

    Good Job !! Keep up the good work.....

  2. 2. Peter D. Ohmart [ October 28, 2013 @ 07:45AM ]

    I should hope that they are all in jail and will never get out!
    I also hope that in some cases the companies are held accountable; placing the company investigators in jail along side them for not doing their jobs.

    This is a raging problem in this country, people not doing their jobs thoroughly. Most people call it being excessive. Well, not this case. Had it been done correctly and thoroughly, people would be alive.

  3. 3. johe fid [ October 28, 2013 @ 04:33PM ]

    I agree that the company should also share in.the blame.
    They would not have been driving if the company had done a background check
    on these guys.
    What are the company's using to verify past employment ? Has to be E- Verify. Lol

  4. 4. John [ October 28, 2013 @ 11:01PM ]

    Too bad FMCSA doesn't look this hard into the south of the border drivers in the US making cheap freight for the rest of us.

  5. 5. Lee Lenard [ October 30, 2013 @ 10:36AM ]

    John, Agree....Course with tickets, out of service notices or whatever else, they just come back with different name and different qualification info. FMCSA does not want to look at that, Fed-X or UPS along with a few others might get upset......loose that cheap labor!


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