FMCSA Cites SC Trucking Companies for Posing ‘Imminent Hazard’

The organization cites two companies and one commercial driver for posing an imminent hazard to public safety

According to a press release from the Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reported two South Carolina-based trucking companies—as well as one commercial driver—for posing an imminent hazard to public safety. The trucking companies in question are CER Trucking, Inc. and Edward Risher Trucking (as well as its driver, Clarence Edward Risher, Jr.).

FMCSA has ordered the two companies—which both transport refrigerated foods and general freight in the Southeast—and the driver to stop interstate commercial operations immediately. In late November 2013, Clarence Edward Risher, Jr. was operating a tractor-trailer in Virginia when he lost control of his truck and collided with a passenger vehicle, killing the driver. Further investigation found out the driver’s license had been suspended since 2010. He was also charged with possession of alcohol.

Another investigation into CER trucking after the accident found that the company failed to ensure its drivers were qualified to drive commercial motor vehicles, according to the press release. Another driver from the company was convicted with marijuana possession on duty, while a third was deemed not medically qualified to operate a vehicle.

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