What a Waste
- A Wisconsin truck driver had been working more than 14 hours before he fell asleep at the wheel of his semitrailer, federal investigators have found, leading to a fiery crash that killed an Illinois State Police trooper on the Tri-State Tollway.
Andrew B. Bokelman, 26, has not been charged criminally in connection with the March 28 crash that killed Trooper James Sauter, of Vernon Hills, court records show. An Illinois State Police spokeswoman said Thursday an investigation is ongoing.
But Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show that Bokelman and United Van Lines have been fined for breaking a federal rule prohibiting drivers on duty more than 14 hours from driving without getting 10 hours of rest.
Bokelman, who investigators said worked for United Van Lines agent Barrett Moving and Storage, was fined $2,500 as recommended. United Van Lines must pay $5,500.
The criminal investigation continues, but seriously? A dead trooper, a family fatherless, and a mere $8,000 in fines?
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