FMCSA shuts down Mexico-based trucker after fatal crash, DUI charges

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Updated Jun 16, 2021

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, June 15, 2021:

FMCSA shuts down Mexican trucker after fatal crash, DUI charges
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has effectively shut down Mexico-licensed truck driver Cecilio Eliut Camacho-Montoya and barred him from operating in the U.S. after a fatal crash on May 19.

FMCSA says Camacho-Montoya, who held an expired Mexican CDL, was driving a commercial truck on Highway 55 in Eagle, Idaho, when, according to witnesses, he failed to stop at a red light at the intersections of Highways 55 and 44. His truck then crashed into another vehicle, fatally injuring its driver.

Following the crash, Camacho-Montoya agreed to submit to, and subsequently failed, three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests administered at the scene by the Idaho State Police. He then agreed at the crash scene to two breathalyzer tests. The first test sample showed a breath alcohol content (BrAC) of 0.222; the second, 0.214. Approximately four hours after the crash, at the Ada County Jail, Camacho-Montoya tested at 0.080, with a fourth showing at 0.078.  

Possessing an alcohol concentration of greater than 0.04 while operating a commercial vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds and requiring a CDL is a violation of federal safety regulations. 

The State of Idaho has charged Camacho-Montoya with felony aggravated driving under the influence and felony vehicle manslaughter.

A subsequent investigation by FMCSA personnel found that Camacho-Montoya, in the days leading up to the crash, on multiple occasions, had falsified his records-of-duty-status and had exceeded the allowable on-duty driving hours permitted by federal regulations.

Recalls issued for certain Volvo, Mack, Paccar trucks
Three truck OEMs issued recalls recently affecting nearly 2,000 trucks of various makes and models, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

The largest of the three recalls was issued by Volvo Trucks North America for an issue with the hubcaps on certain trucks. The recall affects approximately 1,050 model year 2021-2022 Volvo VNL, VNR, VHD and VAH models. In the affected trucks, the hubcap compression spring can cause the hubcap to separate, which could create a road hazard.

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Volvo is still developing a remedy, NHTSA documents say, but in the interim, Volvo dealers will remove the hubcap for free. Owners can contact Volvo Trucks customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX-2102. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-417.

The hubcap recall also affects approximately 307 model year 2021-2022 Mack Anthem, Granite and Pinnacle trucks. Owners can contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0425. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-416.

A recall from Paccar affects approximately 612 model year 2018-2021 Peterbilt 337, 348, 365, 367, 520 and 567 models and Kenworth T270, T370, T440, T470, T800 and T880 trucks. In the affected trucks, the sealing washer may not seat correctly in the pilot bore holes, allowing the high-pressure fuel rail assembly to leak, which could spark a fire.

Dealers will inspect the rail threads and fuel lanes and replace the rail if necessary for free. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-425-828-5888 (Kenworth) with recall number 21KWC or 1-940-591-4220 (Peterbilt) with recall number 21PBD. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-391.

Forward Air expands LTL services in Washington state
Forward Air Corporation (CCJ Top 250, No. 33) is expanding its expedited less-than-truckload service into Spokane, Washington.

Using a local partner, Forward now offers expedited LTL service out of Spokane, allowing customers to pick up for drop off freight for shipment Monday through Friday.

"Spokane fits nicely into our network expansion strategy and it gives us a competitive advantage in the region,” said Tom Schmitt, Forward Air Chairman, President and CEO. “We are able to elevate our service offering to five days per week and serve as a one-day point out of Seattle, while delivering the fastest transit times in the region."