The Georgia State Patrol now confirms the truck investigators say caused Wednesday’s horrific highway wreck that claimed the lives of five Georgia Southern University nursing students is owned by Total Transportation of Mississippi.
It’s big company, with more than 900 drivers and 740 vehicles. A search of the U.S. Department of Transportation safety records for Total Transportation and found, over the last two years, company drivers have been slapped with 266 unsafe driving violations, including 107 times for speeding. There were 45 violations for not following traffic control devices, 9 violations for driving while using a cell phone, and 5 for following too closely.
For Atlanta lawyer Bob Cheeley, who specializes in transportation safety cases, drivers who had more than 260 safety violations in the last 2 years were found….
“Shocking…severely curtailed by the authorities,” Cheeley said.
Federal records also show the company’s trucks got nearly 600 maintenance violations over the last two years.
Friday, company CEO John Stomps sent a statement saying only…
“We are cooperating with the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the Georgia Southern community.”
But, Stomps would not answer questions about the company’s safety record.