The president of a Japanese trucking company has been
arrested and charged with ordering one of his exhausted drivers to continue
driving – a move police say led to an accident that killed three people and
injured six others.
The Kyoto News reported that the driver had logged
420 work hours in the month leading up to the wreck, with only three days off
in that time.
Hidefumi Kunimatsu, president of Kinjaku Sekiyu – the
company that employed the driver – and one of his subordinates were arrested
Feb. 13 and charged with ordering the driver to continue driving, in spite of
being more than 100 hours over the maximum amount of driving time allowed in Japan.
The driver told police he dozed off behind the wheel and
lost control of his truck, causing the wreck. He was indicted on charges of
professional negligence resulting in death.