Trucker in fatal wreck received CDL from alleged 'bogus' school

| 10/3/2006

A trucker who was involved in a double-fatality crash in Oklahoma on Sunday got his CDL through a Missouri truck driving school that’s been shut down for allegedly handing out bogus licenses.

According to The Kansas City Star, the trucker – 25-year-old Hussein Osman – was killed, along with a highway patrolman, when they collided on the Will Rogers Turnpike in northeast Oklahoma.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation.

The operators of the West Plains, MO, driving school where Osman got his CDL were indicted last week on fraud charges.

Investigators say the school issued licenses to foreign students who were supplied the correct answers to the written test, and often spent little or no time behind the wheel of a truck.

Several hundred students are supposedly being contacted to re-take the CDL exam, or forfeit their licenses.

A spokeswoman for the Missouri Revenue Department told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that a letter was scheduled to be mailed to Osman later this month informing him that he would need to re-take the test.

– By Reed Black, staff writer