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Trucker Violated HOS Limits on Day of Fatal Crash

October 16, 2015

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The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has declared Louisiana-licensed truck driver Mark Isiah Gordon an imminent hazard to public safety for his involvement in a fatal crash.

He is ordered not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. FMCSA said Gordon was driving a loaded logging truck on Oct. 1 in Concordia Parish, La., when he crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a pickup truck, killing three passengers and seriously injuring another.

Gordon had operated his truck beyond the 14-hour daily duty regulation on the day of the accident and was found to have exceeded his allowed hours-of-service in the seven days prior.

A post-crash inspection also revealed deficient brakes that required the vehicle to be placed out-of-service until repaired.

Other vehicle safety violations included a cracked frame, defective wheels and rims, as well as a defective axle and steering system.  

Violating the imminent hazard order issued by FMCSA could result in penalties of up to $2,500 and a disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for no less than 180 days for a first offense. A second offense increases penalties to $5,000 and disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for no less than two years.

Comments

  1. 1. James Bolin [ October 19, 2015 @ 04:08AM ]

    Stating the fines for violating the imminent hazard order detracts from the seriousness of the violation. A truck can generate $1200-$2500 a day. As a former safety investigator, I think anyone who willfully violates the regulations and causes serious bodily harm should receive a lifetime ban. Maybe some of this nonsense that gives the industry a bad name will cease. I'm sure he's a nice man and I'm sure he's regretful but his victims don't have the option of providing for their families.

  2. 2. Joey [ October 19, 2015 @ 06:32AM ]

    There are too many individuals in trucking that are not business persons. They cut corners and use funds that should go to maintenance for personal expenses. Most of these operators aren't in OTR operations that get inspected regularly. They are in log hauling, rock hauling, or agriculture. It is a hole in the inspection process and if they received the amount of scrutiny the rest of us have they would depart the industry. This would allow the safe operators to institute safety standards like ELDs, collision mitigation, speed limiters, etc. and receive a ROI.

  3. 3. Jm [ October 19, 2015 @ 08:40AM ]

    Please do not be quick to judge!! I know this man and he is not a drug attic he made one mistake that he will have to live with the rest of his life he had only been driving 18 wheelers for four months and a log truck for only a month and he made one stupid mistake days before the crash just trying to make a living for his family hey Graves every day for the lives that he took he knows what it's like to lose someone close just two short years ago his father was killed in a fatal hunting accident someone shot before daylight and did not realize it was a person and took his father's life i'm not asking for pity for him just want everybody to know what kind of person he really is he has a wife and a six-year-old son and all the years I have kown him he as never taken any kind of drugs he has worked in the oil filed sense he was 18 years old and lost his job due to the oil price drop mark did what he did one time and will pay for this the rest of his life .

 

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