The FMCSA has announced that a Minnesota licensed truck driver is an imminent hazard to public safety.
Following an investigation, the FMCSA says that driver John Ray Carpenter is medically unfit to operate a commercial vehicle. Carpenter is both a truck driver and the CEO of Carpenter Brothers Services, Inc.
The crash that brought Carpenter to the FMCSA’s attention happened on October 22 in Crystal Bay Township, Minnesota. Carpenter was driving a company truck when he had a medical issue, causing him to cross into oncoming traffic and crash into a passenger vehicle, killing the driver.
After the crash, Carpenter admitted that he had experienced the medical issue six other times while driving and that he had been involved in crashes during some of those episodes.
The investigators also found multiple hours of service violations on Carpenter’s record. They also discovered that Carpenter had falsified his records of duty status on October 21.