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Trucking Company's Safety Record Revealed Following Fatal Crash

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 08:25 PM EDT
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DELAWARE COUNTY (Brooks Jarosz) – ABC 6/FOX 28 Investigators are digging deeper into the trucking company responsible for a deadly crash in Delaware County.

Two people died and three others were hurt when troopers say a semi-truck didn’t stop for a red light on U.S. 23 North at State Route 229 in Waldo Wednesday.

Truck driver Randall Lee was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. He works for Werner Enterprises, which is a company that records show averages 15 fatal crashes every year. The crash in Delaware County will make number 10 for fatal crashes just this year. Werner Enterprises has a fleet of more than 8,000 trucks and more than 10 thousand drivers. The company is based out of Omaha, Nebraska.

Federal data shows some drivers are not following the rules of the road. In the past two years, Werner Enterprises has been cited more than 900 times for speeding. In that same time period, we found more than 500 cases of drivers not obeying traffic signals.

Troopers say the cause for the wreck this week was because the driver failed to stop at the red light. “The semi approached southbound and did not stop at an assured, cleared distance,” Lt. Kevin Knapp said. “He struck one vehicle from behind, pushed it into another one and shoved them both into the intersection.”

For comparison ABC6/FOX 28 found two trucking companies of similar size. In the last two years, records show Old Dominion Freight Line has had eight deadly crashes. A slightly larger company, Con-Way Freight has had 14 fatal wrecks. Werner Enterprises, according to federal tallies, has had 32 crashes in the same time period. That means, the one in Delaware County makes 33 for the company.

Overall, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives Werner Enterprises a ‘satisfactory’ rating. ABC 6/FOX 28 Investigators called the company for comment, but we have not heard back.

If you have a tip for ABC 6 Investigators call 614-255-NEWS or send an email to: tips@abc6onyourside.comTrucking Company's Safety Record Revealed Following Fatal Crash
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