Paving company whose truck overturned Thursday has past safety violations

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 6:44 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- A 13News Now investigation into the company that owns the tanker truck that crashed on I-64 in Newport News on Thursday is uncovering past safety violations.

The truck, which is owned by Dominion Paving & Sealing, Inc. of Moseley, overturned in the westbound lanes of I-64 Thursday afternoon in Newport News near J. Clyde Morris Blvd. The spill prompted police to close all westbound lanes, leaving rush-hour traffic snarled for hours.

Police cited the driver, Dennis R. Smith, 29, of North Chesterfield, with failure to maintain control of the vehicle. Speed was also a factor in the crash, according to the Virginia State Police.

A search of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s database shows a driver for Dominion Paving & Sealing, Inc. was cited for speeding in 2011.

The traffic stop where the driver was cited for speeding was also the last time one of the company’s vehicles was inspected. A company vehicle was inspected just one other time since 2007.

In addition to the speeding citation, Dominion Paving & Sealing, Inc. was cited by OSHA in January 2009 for an unsafe motor vehicle. Records show the company paid $525.00 to settle the fine.

Federal regulators with the Motor Carrier Safety Administration also say the company has failed to update its carrier registration information, which was last updated in January 2008.

FMCSA records also show the company has also failed to update information about the number of miles its vehicles have driven, a metric used to measure safety of commercial vehicles.

13News Now called Dominion Paving & Sealing, Inc. for comment Friday afternoon. A secretary for the company said the chief financial officer did not have a comment.

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