LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal regulators have ordered an
Alabama trucking company shut down less than six months after one
of its drivers slammed into a van on Interstate 65 in Kentucky
killing 11 people.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration told Hester Inc., of Fayette, Ala., that it had to cease operations after failing to correct "critical" violations, including allowing drivers to operate trucks longer than allowed by law.
The order was issued in June, but was released to The Courier-Journal on Wednesday after the paper requested it through the Freedom of Information Act. Scott Hester, the owner of the company, declined to comment to the newspaper.
Truck driver Kenneth Laymon went across the median on I-65 near
Munfordville on March 26, striking a van carrying Mennonites
traveling to a wedding in Iowa.
Two young children survived the crash.