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I-90 investigation & Big Blue Trucking

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It's a question everyone seems to be asking. How did truck driver Michael Edwards not know that the dumpster behind him was raised as he was monitoring down Interstate 90? Completely unaware the dumpster was about to collide with a concrete overpass.

Could Edwards have been suffering from fatigue? The possibility exists.

Chief 19 Action News Investigator Carl Monday and his crew reviewed five years of the on-the-road inspection records for Edwards' employer, Big Blue Trucking out of Warren. One inspection stood out.

Less than two weeks ago, State Patrol stopped Edwards on his way to deliver a load to a company in Indiana. He was pulled over for an "Improper Lane Change." But officers also cited him for something else: Fatigue. Yes, operating a 122,000 pound vehicle "while impaired by fatigue."

Records show Blue Trucking has been involved in at least four other accidents in recent years, all involving injuries. One involving driver error.

Monday's investigation found Big Blue Drivers were flagged for safety violations hundreds of times over the past five years. At least 52 times, state troopers found violations serious enough to take the vehicles out of service.

Many of the violations involved "defective brakes and spring assemblies," "worn steering components" and a "cracked frame." All trucks ordered off the road until repairs were made.

A couple of drivers were also cited for not maintaining their logs books, making it impossible to know if they've been on the road too long. And maybe, suffering from fatigue.

Blue Trucking's drivers spend over a million miles a year on the road, so violations are expected. But are they also a sign of a potential safety problem?

19 Action News called Blue Trucking twice to set up an interview. They hung up on us both times.

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