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Last month, a truck operated by Georgia trucking firm Prudential Carriers
was leaking canola oil while traveling on Interstate 75. The driver, William
Tanksley, informed the company of the issue. He was instructed to keep
driving, as oil slickened the highway for miles in Bibb County. It is
estimated that the truck leaked 1,100 gallons of canola oil. The leak
caused four separate vehicle crashes. Even police and emergency vehicles
heading to the accident sites to provide assistance slid on the road.
Officials eventually arrested the driver.
Firefighters and Public Works employees from Macon-Bibb County were called
to spread sand on the road to absorb the oil and increase traction after
the first accident occurred. However, that did not stop three more accidents
from occurring in the wake of the spill. The trucker was stopped near
the 193 mile marker in Monroe County. William Tanksley was arrested and
charged with having an unsecured load.
TheFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered the immediate shut-down of Prudential Carriers on June 5. The
out-of-service order stated that the investigation “uncovered widespread
regulatory violations demonstrating Prudential’s repeated and egregious
non-compliance with federal safety regulations and a management philosophy
indifferent to motor carrier safety.” Alleged violation included
“failing to ensure its leased and company-owned vehicles were systematically
inspected, repaired and maintained; failing to ensure its drivers complied
with federal hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued
driving; failing to comply with driver qualification requirements and
allowing unqualified drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and
failing to comply with FMCSA-mandated random alcohol and controlled substances
testing of its drivers.”
The FMCSA also reported that the company’s violations have led to
several other accidents across the past nine months. For example, an accident
occurred in October of 2014 when a Prudential Carriers driver pulled over
onto the right shoulder of I-20 in Douglas County due to the brakes in
his truck having overheated. The area the driver pulled over prohibited
parking, and the driver fell asleep while waiting for the brakes to cool
down. It was at that point another vehicle collided with the truck.
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