A Georgia truck driver has been deemed what the feds call an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release. FMCSA discovered that the trucker had lied about his medical history.
On July 6, Matthew Jason Boozer was involved in a crash when his truck crashed into both lanes of traffic on Georgia State Route 11, drove through a fence and struck a parked vehicle. Boozer had suffered a medical problem, resulting in the crash.
A physician found Boozer to be medically unqualified after the trucker was sent by his employer to get medically checked after the crash. As a result, Boozer was fired from this job.
The following day, Boozer lied about his medical history in a job application to a different employer. In the application, Boozer failed to disclose the medical disqualification that he had just received the previous day. With the disqualification unbeknownst to the employer, Boozer was hired and drove for the company through Sept. 17. He was immediately terminated once his new employer discovered the July 6 crash.
Boozer faces civil penalties if he violates the imminent hazard out-of-service order. Criminal charges can also be brought against the Georgia trucker by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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