Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is investigating the
trucking company involved in a tanker explosion that killed the
truck's driver and shut down some of the ramps connecting two busy
interstates, The Associated Press reported.
have yet to determine what caused driver David Pickle to lose control
of the truck early Monday morning, The Detroit Free Press reported
in an Oct. 8 story.
the crash and explosion – and the resulting shutdown of ramps from
Interstate 75 to eastbound Interstate 94 possibly through April
– caught the attention of federal officials.
spokesman Andy Beck said officials would take a close look at Initial
Transport Inc., the carrier for whom Pickle was hauling an estimated
9,000 gallons of gasoline when he crashed.
investigators in Lansing, MI, will examine whether the company had
complied with federal hazmat handling and training standards; whether
the company's drug testing and medical certification of drivers
are adequate, and whether the carrier observed federal law limiting
the amount of time drivers can spend behind the wheel.
State Police, who also are investigating the cause of the crash,
have ruled out excessive speed. State Police Trooper Tim Rajala,
an accident investigator, said the police also found no reason to
think the truck Pickle was driving had a defect that played a role
in the wreck.
records show Pickle was involved in three crashes in 1999 and 2000,
but was not found at fault in any of those cases.