WSP fines truck company, driver for faulty brakes in crash injuring five
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol (WSP) is issuing tickets to the potato truck driver and truck company after faulty brakes caused a crash injuring five people.
The potato truck driver, Zurisadday Moya-Jimenez, said the truck wouldn't brake when he ran a red light and t-boned into a Ben Franklin Transit bus at Hildebrand Boulevard and State Route 395, Tuesday.
WSP completed a commercial vehicle inspection which turned up multiple violations.
"After our our inspection we've issued four citations in this collision, two to the driver and two to the company. On top of that our commercial motor vehicle division is also going to be looking at this company at their office as far as their paperwork and everything else included with their trucks," Trooper Chris Thorson said.
- Brake Connections with Leaks Under Vehicle: air leak by air dryer
- BRAKES OUT OF SERVICE: The number of defective brakes is equal to or greater than 20 percent of the service brakes on the vehicle or combination
- Leaf spring assembly defective/missing
- Inadequate brake system on a CMV:AXLE 4 RIGHT SIDE AIR DIAPHRAM RUPTURED
The biggest violation WSP found was 3 out of the 4 axles of the potato truck, the brakes were either not working or not working properly.
CONAGRI is said to be the shipping company in this incident.
This story will be updated as we learn more.