3TV looks into trucking company involved in crash which killed DPS officer

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 9:40 PM

PHOENIX -- As loved ones and colleagues grieve the death of DPS Officer Tim Huffman, the crash which killed him last week involving a tanker truck remains under investigation.

3TV has learned the truck involved belonged to Evans Dedicated Systems Inc., which hauls fuel and gasoline.  Records show last week’s crash wasn’t the company’s first.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lists nine crashes over the past two years, including one fatal crash and four injury crashes.

The company declined to comment but referred 3TV to its attorney who said he couldn’t comment on last week’s crash, or the truck driver, Jorge Espinoza, who now faces charges including second-degree murder.

However, the attorney for Evans Dedicated Systems said the prior nine crashes were deemed “non-preventable.”  He also said recent safety audits of the company came back as satisfactory.

The company is headquartered in Commerce, California.  The California Trucking Association declined to weigh in on the records of past crashes.

“As far as making a judgment as to whether that number is high or low, I can’t answer that,” said spokesman Michael Shaw. “Context is really important to answer that question.”

Shaw says more will be known once the investigation into this latest crash is complete.

“Once that report is completed, I would assume that would be a good deal information that would be taken from that to help the company do what it needs to avoid future incidents like this,” said Shaw.

“If there are more significant legal ramifications from the incident, then the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or the Department of Public Safety would be the ones to take action,” said Shaw.
 

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