HAMMOND, Ind. (WBBM) – Five people died in a crash on I-65 in Tippecanoe County. Police said the truck driver who created the pile-up was driving too fast. CBS News in Chicago has learned the Hammond, Indiana trucking company where he worked has been under federal scrutiny.
The crash happened just before midnight on Thursday night. Five people, including a mother and her two children, died as a result of the impact and fiery aftermath.
A CBS 3 reporter in Chicago visited the company for a comment. An official refused to give an on-camera comment.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company has been targeted for increased random roadside inspections because of the number of times its drivers were accused of driving more hours than legally allowed. According to federal records, the company has 53 violations including speeding and following too close.
Illini State Trucking Company did eventually release this statement.
“We are currently conducting an investigation. We want to extend our sympathies and condolences to the families of those killed.”