FMCSA issues out-of-service orders declaring two truckers as safety hazards

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 2/7/2014

Two drivers and a trucking company have been ordered out of service following unrelated safety violations, according to a news release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The orders, which were issued Feb. 7, prohibit Florida long-haul driver Devon House and Tennessee truck driver Ricky Hatfield, and his company, Hatfield Trucking, from operating commercial vehicles.

Ricky L. Hatfield, and his Tazewell, Tenn.-based company, Hatfield Trucking, were ordered out of service on Jan. 22. Hatfield was operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Penn., on Nov. 19, 2013, when he was involved in a multiple-vehicle crash that also struck two pedestrians. He fled the scene and was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after the crash.

Hatfield was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, aggravated assault by a vehicle, and failure to stop at an accident involving death or personal injury, as well as other charges, according to FMCSA. He was previously convicted of driving under the influence in 2009. 

The imminent hazard out-of-service order applies to Hatfield individually and to all vehicles owned or operated by Hatfield Trucking. Hatfield is currently in the custody of Franklin County law enforcement.

A copy of Hatfield’s imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed here.

Florida-licensed truck driver House was declared an imminent hazard after having three separate citations in the past six months for alcohol-related violations while operating a commercial vehicle, according to FMCSA.

House, from Casselberry, Fla., was involved in an October 2013 crash that closed all southbound lanes of I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. According to media reports, House was charged with operating while intoxicated after registering a blood alcohol content of .27.

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