Five times in the past two years, trucks from Buckner Barrel Sales have had to be taken off the road immediately due to what the US Department of Transportation calls "imminent hazard to public safety."
According to a DOT spokesperson, based on their past performance, they're under the feds' microscope, meaning at truck weigh-ins, they're subject to random searches more often than other truck companies.
Many of you may remember last Friday's accident, where the cab of the truck was hanging off the highway on I-20/59 in Birmingham, near Messer-Airport Highway.
According to documents from the US DOT, Buckner has had repeated moving violations -- 45 in all -- since July 27, 2011, in eight different states including Alabama. During the five times their trucks were taken off the road immediately, the company incurred violations for speeding, an oil leak, inoperable lamp, tire tread and brake issues.
When asked about Friday's accident, a company spokeswoman said they weren't commenting other than to say, "the driver is fine." When asked about the DOT violations, the same spokeswoman declined to comment.
Friday's accident remains under investigation, which means fault or cause has yet to be determined, but the Alabama DOT does know that about 33 feet or 11 yards of guard rail will need to be replaced, at a cost of about $60,000.
ALDOT says they routinely ask for reimbursement from companies for repairs that trucks cause in accidents -- that's the price, we're told, of doing business in the state of Alabama.
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