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Logging Truck Found to Have Safety Problems

Posted April 7, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— There are questions in the minds of many about the safety of big rigs that share the roads with the rest of us. The driver of a logging truck, Ronald Jenkins, is now facing charges in connection with an accident that killed two.

The investigation is raising questions about safety on the Triangle's roads. Investigators say the logging truck was in violation of several safety regulations. The truck collided with a car in Durham Saturday after Jenkins, 38, ran a red light, authorities say.

Paul Carlton and Mae Walker, who were in the car, died instantly.

Troopers say the tractor-trailer had no brakes and that the logs it carried were not properly secured. The truck had not been inspected since July 1995.

The Division of Motor Vehicles polices big rigs. They say while not all drivers are in violation, loggers do seem to have more trouble than other truckers since they often have to travel on unpaved road.

The 50 DMV officers who patrol North Carolina's roads try to make random safety checks of all trucks. When they find a safety hazard, they order rigs to park on the side of the road until the owner can get correct violations.

Last month during a truck safety check in Roxboro, 75 violations were issued in the first four hours.