FMCSA suspends operating authority of trucker involved in I-55 fatal crash

By Land Line staff | Friday, August 08, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revoked the operating authority of the driver and trucking company involved in a four-person fatality crash last month on Interstate 55 outside Chicago.

The company, Espinal Trucking of Indiana, and its sole employee, Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., were involved in a fatal crash on I-55 near the Des Plaines River Bridge on July 21. Espinal-Quiroz was driving a tractor-trailer that collided with a line of passenger vehicles that had slowed in a construction zone.

The agency revoked Espinal Trucking’s authority for denying investigators access to records it requested for investigative purposes following the July 21 crash.

“FMCSA investigators subsequently were denied access to company records by an Espinal Trucking representative,” the agency said in a release announcing the suspension. “Under provisions contained in MAP-21, signed into law by President Obama in July 2012, FMCSA may revoke the operating authority registration of a motor carrier that fails to comply with an administrative subpoena or a letter demanding release of company safety records.”

Prosecutors charged Espinal-Quiroz with falsifying a logbook, willful violation of a logbook, and failure to reduce speed in a construction zone.

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