Georgia driver placed out of service over medical issue

A Georgia truck driver was declared an “imminent hazard to public safety” and placed out of surface Friday, Oct. 30.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Friday ordered Georgia-licensed truck driver Matthew Jason Boozer to not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

The FMCSA said Boozer is medically unqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. The agency said he falsified his medical history on a recent truck driving job application to conceal a disqualifying health-related diagnosis.

On July 6, while driving a commercial vehicle on Georgia State Route 11, Boozer suffered what the FMCSA called “a medical problem,” resulting in his truck crossing both lanes of traffic and crashing through a fence before striking a parked vehicle.

Following the crash, Boozer was sent by his employer to a physician who declared him to be medically unqualified, said the FMCSA. Boozer was subsequently terminated from his employment as a truck driver, according to the agency.

On July 7, Boozer, applied for a truck driving job with different employer. The FMCSA said he falsified the medical history section to conceal the medical disqualification issued the previous day, which referenced a 2011 disqualifying diagnosis.

According to the FMCSA, Boozer was subsequently hired on the basis of his fraudulent job application and drove trucks for his new employer through Sept. 17, when his employer became aware of his July 6, crash and his disqualifying medical condition.