A trucking accident in May killed 3 children and the company that employed the driver has been cited for 15 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The accident happened in Mission Viejo on Interstate 5. K.W. Express is based in Michigan.
About two weeks after the crash, the carrier safety administration informed the general manager of K.W. Express that his company did not have adequate safety management controls “to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard” and was “operating at an unacceptable level of compliance.”
The company had allowed five drivers to take the wheel before the results of their drug screenings were turned in, and there was no written policy regarding substance abuse, DeBruyne said. Logs kept by drivers on where and how far they had traveled were not consistent with those kept by the company, he said.
The one violation relating to the case was that the company did not give the driver a drug and alcohol test after the accident. The company will not be contesting the violations and has stated that all counts have been remedied.