Wisconsin police say that they placed a semi truck driver out of service for license violations just a few hours before he allegedly caused a crash that injured three people.
The crash occurred around 4 p.m. on Friday, August 23, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Police say that traffic was congested on southbound I-894 at Hale Interchange when truck driver Jamie Mantel allegedly failed to slow and rear-ended two cars.
Three people — including a 12 year old girl — were taken to the hospital for treatment of various injuries caused by the crash.
While investigating the crash, authorities learned that Mantel had been placed out of service the same day just before noon by a Wisconsin State Patrol Inspector after it was discovered that Mantel had been operating without a Class A CDL.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Mantel refused a blood test to screen for impairment but that he passed a field sobriety test.
Mantel was arrested for operating without a commercial driver’s license and operating while under an out-of-service order.
The crash resulted in heavy traffic backups for the evening rush hour.