A California truck driver has been shut down by the Department of Transportation following a fatal crash in September.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today declared California-licensed truck driver Dharm Lingam to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
A statement from the FMCSA said that on Sept. 17, Lingam, “was operating a large commercial truck on Interstate 10 in Pinal County, Arizona, when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median and collided with another tractor-trailer killing the driver.”
Prior to the crash, according to the FMCSA, the Arizona Department of Public Safety received several 9-1-1 calls from motorists to report that Lingam’s tractor-trailer was being operated in an erratic and unsafe manner.
The FMCSA said its investigation discovered that Lingam, at the time of the crash, had a medical condition that disqualified him from operating a CMV in interstate commerce under federal safety regulations. The investigation also revealed that Lingam had provided untrue responses to a federal medical qualification questionnaire he completed and signed on July 31, according to the FMCSA statement.
On Sept. 18, said the FMCSA, Lingam refused to provide a mandatory post-crash urine sample. Under federal safety regulations, refusal to provide a urine sample immediately following a fatal CMV crash is treated as a positive test result. That automatically disqualified Lingam from operating a CMV in interstate commerce, according to the FMCSA.
FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order says Lingam’s continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce “… substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death if not discontinued immediately.”