Trooper Kyle Deatherage death: Truck driver called "imminent hazard" by federal agency

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Video: Driver in Illinois trooper death called 'imminent hazard'

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Washington, D.C. (KSDK) - In a report published online by the United States Department of Transportation, the driver of a truck which struck and killed Illinois State Police trooper Kyle Deatherage is described as an "imminent hazard."

The report was issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation.  It says the driver has been ordered to immediately cease all commercial vehicle operations due to "his failure to exercise an appropriate duty of care to the motoring public regarding his medical conditions."

The driver works for Dot Transportation Incorporated (DTI) based in Vidalia, Georgia. 

According to a statement Tuesday from DTI, a company driver is taken off the road immediately following a fatal accident, pending a full investigation.  The company said the driver was uninjured and is cooperating with authorities.

DTI's policy says no driver will work for them unless they are in full complience with the Federal Motor Safety Act and have a valid medical card issued by a US Department of Transportation ceritified physician.  The company says the driver involved in the fatal accident did have a valid medical card.

FMCSA investigators claim the driver admitted he lost consciousness just before the collision, and failed to disclose his use of a prescription medication which otherwise would prohibit him from driving commercially.

NewsChannel 5 is declining to name the driver at this time, because he faces no criminal or civil charges related to the accident.

Trooper Deatherage was killed November 26th near Litchfield, Illinois, as he was standing next to a vehicle at a traffic stop.

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website.

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