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A truck driver who had been on the road for 36 hours killed an Illinois tollbooth worker and critically injured a state trooper Monday after the truck slammed into three emergency vehicles near Aurora, Ill.

Prosecutors alleged that a lack of federal oversight and an unscrupulous trucking company with a poor record of adherence to regulations may have allowed Renato Velasquez to falsify logbooks and drive much longer than the federal limits allow, The Chicago Tribune reported. Federal law prohibits commercial drivers from operating vehicles when their ability or alertness is impaired by fatigue or illness, and they cannot drive for more than 11 hours without a mandatory 10-hour break.

This isn't the first time Velasquez has faced federal charges. In 2001, Velasquez served time on a federal drug charge, according to ABC 7. He was still able to get a commercial license however, since the Secretary of State cannot deny a commercial driver's license unless the crimes include a commercial vehicle. There were no drugs or alcohol in Velasquez's system at the time of Monday's crash.

Recently, federal officials began stepping up regulation enforcement in the trucking industry. In a whistleblower case earlier this month, a trucking company was ordered in Federal court to stop retaliating against drivers who adhered to OSHA standards and refused to drive when they were too sick or tired to make their runs.


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      Peter
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are the type of drivers that give other truckdrivers a bad name, there are to many of them out there that push their boundries, they have enough time to get to where they are going if they stop wasting their time at truckstops
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's a Mexican they are takeing the money out of trucking, and messing things up for other people/ truck drivers. That's why there is no money in trucking you have Mexicans that will run longer and harded for a 1/4 of the money. Look out here come more laws and regulation . This guy will be going away for a while
        lakers84
        • 1 Year Ago
        im a mexican and i have zero desire to be a truck driver....im a musician....so you can take that trucking job and shove it.....:P adios amigo...
      steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      As one comment have said that the trucking companies should have to pay fines also for drivers violate the rules.
      Bean
      • 1 Year Ago
      And every day hundreds of thousands of trucks travel safely all over the country delivering every single thing you use. Does that make the news? These drivers are underpaid, they sleep in their trucks in parking lots, piss in bottles and don't go home for weeks. It is time America show some respect to these men who are doing as much for this country every single day as the military, police men or fire men. PERIOD. FACT. END OF DISCUSSION. Instead you treat truck drivers like crap. You should thank them everyday for bringing you your stupid crap. They do more in a day than most do for this nation in a year. So thank you Mr. Truck Driver. I know the real story.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bean
        Any and all forthcomming fines, penalties should go to the trucking co. As they are aware how long it takes to get from here to there period.
          QEKIM
          • 1 Year Ago
          Agree! I'd like to add; Federal Regulations need to be enforced on Trucking Companies when Company Drivers report problems on their "pre-trip / post-trip truck inspections". Then repairs aren't made and the drivers are told to "Hit the road" without the mechanic/shop foreman signing the pre/post inspection--> too. Trucking companies everywhere retaliate on company drivers who want SAFE, RELIABLE TRUCKS (& trailers). But, and in conclusion; "We don't have a FUNCTIONING Government~".
        s5448985
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bean
        A lot of truck drivers are I see are very very reckless and dont' obey any of the rules of the road. You obviously are a truck driver. and by the way, did you see that he killed someone and you are thinking him??????
      • 1 Year Ago
      This story has nothing to with truck drivers. It has to do with someone driving that shouldn't have been driving. Could have been in a car, bus, motorcycle, etc...that's the real story.
        s5448985
        • 1 Year Ago
        You make no sense. Of course it is about truck drivers. Most people who drive a car a bus or motorcycle don't drive for 36 hours because they aren't getting paid to drive!!!!! Clueless aren't you.