“I have very serious problems with much of his driving record,” White said in a statement.
John Stokes was driving on a probationary license when his rig entered a railroad crossing in Bourbonnais, IL, March 15, where it was hit by the train. The probationary period ended last week, and Stokes got his full CDL back.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Stokes drove around crossing gates or past warning lights.
Stokes’ driving record included numerous speeding tickets, accidents and license suspensions.
White said that given the choice, he would not give Stokes his CDL until authorities completed a report on the accident. However, there was no basis in state law to withhold the license.