DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4 is learning more about the tanker crash in Dublin yesterday that closed down part of 161 for nearly 12 hours.
The company that owned the truck is the same one that owned the truck that crashed on the interstate 70 bridge in July, causing a fire and shutting down the highway for days.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Akron-based HOC. Transport has had 11 crashes, including one fatal and three injuries in the last two years.
The agency gives the company, which has 95 trucks, a satisfactory rating–the highest it offers.
“We looked down and the truck was spilling ethanol from the bottom of the truck and from the top of the truck,” said Jordon Martin, who works nearby. “So it was spilling onto the roadway and the straw that they had just laid, so obviously there’s a huge concern that a spark would have probably lit about a thousand yards of straw on fire on the roadside.”
Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association, says the fact that there are two major crashes in central Ohio in two and a half months is not an indication of a safety problem with HOC.
“I would factor that more to do with bad luck, than a track record,” he said. “Like anything, these traffic accidents happen on our highways on a daily basis.”
The company released the following statement:
We here at HOC Transport work collectively to maintain a safe operating fleet of equipment with properly trained drivers. Every driver undergoes a pre-employment screening to verify that their driving history meets our strict standards. Before any selection is considered our insurance underwriter will also screen potential applicants to ensure that they meet their requirements as well. After a successful check all applicants must submit to a drug screen and meet physical standards. Once these items are met, each new employee undergoes an internal training program which includes a comprehensive test drive.
HOC Transport routinely review quality and safety of its fleet in compliance with all laws and regulation. We routinely upgrade our fleet. Also, we take advantage of advances in technology, including recently upgrading our fleet with GPS technology to monitor vehicle behavior such as speed, braking and acceleration. Safety is a first priority and we pride ourselves on an above average safety compliance rating and below average incident rate.
As this incident is currently under investigation we are unable to provide any further details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers got out to our driver and his family for a healthy and speedy recovery.