Inadequate oversight blamed in deadly Illinois highway crash

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 9:58 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal accident investigations board says inadequate safety oversight was partly to blame for a fatal crash near Chicago in which a truck driver fell asleep and plowed into stopped emergency vehicles.

The January 2014 crash on Interstate 88 near Naperville, Illinois, killed a tollway worker and seriously injured a state trooper whose patrol car was engulfed in flames.

The trucker had slept less than 4 ½ hours in the 37 hours before the crash, in violation of regulations. Investigators found he routinely falsified logbook entries to hide hours-of-service violations.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that even though regulators had classified the company as high-risk, it failed to get the carrier to comply with rules.

Its recommendations include sharing information with insurers as a way to pressure high-risk carriers.