Connecticut Gov. M.
Jodi Rell has ordered an inspection of a violation-plagued trucking company
whose dump truck was involved in a crash that killed four people last week.
On Friday, July 29,
a 12-wheeled dump truck owned by American Crushing and Recycling careened down
Route 44 in Avon, CT, slamming into cars waiting at the intersection with Route
10. Four people were killed, including the truck’s driver, Abdulraheem Naafi,
also known as Terrance R. Stokes.
they have not yet determined what caused Naafi to hit the other vehicles. However,
Department of Transportation records show that inspectors had found five brake
violations on the truck during inspections in the past. All of the problems
were corrected, according to Newsday. Investigators also found what they
initially thought to be part of the truck’s braking mechanism scattered near
the accident scene, but later determined them to be clutch and transmission
The company that
owned the truck also had 448 mechanical violations between 1994 and 2001 when
it was operating as Wilcox Trucking. The company changed names after the state
Department of Motor Vehicles suspended the registrations of 16 of the company’s
trucks after they failed to comply with a number of repair orders, a DMV
spokesperson told Newsday.
Naafi’s own history is
also being questioned in the investigation. The accident occurred just two days
after he began working for American Crushing and Recycling – the day after he
was fired from another trucking company partially because he could not operate
the truck’s transmission, Newsday reported.
Under a third,
unreleased name, Naafi had a criminal record that included a robbery
American Crushing and Recycling, the governor has also ordered inspections of
the 25 trucking companies in the state with the most violations on record.