Man convicted for conspiracy to violate FMCSA OOS order

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Monday, February 10, 2014

A Georgia man was recently convicted for his role in resurrecting a motor carrier that had been ordered to stop operating.

In October 2008, a truck operated by Georgia-based Lewis Trucking Company was involved in a fatal wreck in Alabama on U.S. 82. The truck, which was hauling wood, reportedly crashed head-on with a passenger van hauling state prisoners from one correctional facility to another. Six prisoners and a correctional employee died in the wreck.

Lewis Trucking Co. was ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cease all operations after a compliance review uncovered “serious violations” following the crash, a news release states.

Devasko Lewis, who operated the shuttered carrier, worked with Corey Daniels to establish Eagle Transport and Eagle Trans while using Daniels’ identity in documents submitted to FMCSA.

According to a news release from the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General, Daniels pleaded guilty Jan. 31 in U.S. District Court in Macon Georgia to conspiracy to violate an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order issued by FMCSA.

The investigation was conducted jointly between the DOT Office of Inspector General and the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

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