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ABC 6 INVESTIGATES: Semi Driver Keeps CDL After Conviction, Causes Fatal Crash
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Transportation officials can not explain a lack of communication that allowed a commercial drivers license to remain in the hands of a truck driver who struck three vehicles in central Ohio, killing a woman and hurting two others.
Transportation department spokespeople from Michigan and Pennsylvania told ABC 6/FOX 28 they do not know why crucial information about Tracy Ferrell's driving record was not shared between the states.
Ferrell was driving a semi truck that struck three vehicles on US-23 in Pickaway County on September 11. One of the victims, Amy Schneider, died from injuries sustained in the crash.
ABC 6 Investigators examined a police report from a driving incident involving Ferrell, and found that police charged him with DUI in 2012 after he drove into a mailbox and a light pole in Pennsylvania. He was ultimately convicted of reckless driving in June, 2013.
That conviction should have resulted in a one year suspension of Ferrell's Michigan commercial drivers license (CDL), but the information was not added to his driving record in the state.
The responsibility for reporting the conviction fell on the Pennsylvania Transportation Department, according to a spokesperson, who said, "The process is for us to obtain the information from the court, and then report back to Michigan about that CDL driver."
Michigan Transportation Department officials will conduct an investigation in an attempt to determine why the information was not posted to Ferrell's record.