Another Connecticut trucking company under scrutiny

| Monday, December 19, 2005

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has another trucking company on her radar.

Rell has asked the state Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct a full reinspection of Winter Ridge, a trucking company that made the state’s list of companies with the 25 worst safety records earlier this year.

The North Haven Post reported that Rell made the request following a Dec. 8 wreck involving one of Winter Ridge’s trucks in which two people were seriously injured.

Winter Ridge had a full fleet inspection in early September as part of a statewide crackdown on safety violations after a deadly wreck on Avon Mountain in July.

The Post reported that the DMV failed all 18 of Winter Ridge’s vehicles, with 11 of them put out of service. The vehicles were reinspected and put back in service by mid-September.

In connection with the Dec. 8 wreck, a driver for the company was charged with failure to perform a proper truck inspection after a trailer carrying an asphalt roller detached from his rig and went into an oncoming lane, striking an approaching car.

The passengers of the car were injured and taken to the hospital, but have since been released.

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