Truck Driver Involved in Crash had no Front Brakes and Vioalted the Federal Motor Carrier Laws Requiring Pre-Trip Inspection

A trucker whose tractor trailer was involved in a crash that sent another motorist to the hospital has been charged with first-degree assault for operating his truck with no front brakes. An investigation by the state police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit determined that the truck had no brakes because of leaks. Federal Motor Carrier laws require truckers to conduct pre-trip inspections to ensure the vehicle meets the federal safety guidelines.
Investigators discovered that the front brake shoes were not making contact with the drums, meaning that truck needed twice the distance to stop than under normal conditions. The truck drivers log book had also not been kept up-to-date for several days according to State Police.
The truck driver was charged with felony first-degree assault, felony first-degree reckless endangering, failure to obey a traffic device, improper passing and two federal Motor Carrier Safety violations in connection with the late-night crash
State police spokesman Cpl. John Barnett Jr. said the Truck Driver was operating a 1997 Freightliner tractor trailer about 11:20 p.m. when he passed a 1997 Ford Mustang on the right, hitting the driver’s door. The driver of the car, was wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated from the car and suffered severe internal injuries.