Trucker Has Trailer Trouble After Refusing Repairs, Police Say
Carlisle, Pennsylvania – It was quite a difficult week for one New York trucker last week after he refused repairs to his trailer leading to an accident that caused significant delays along Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania.
State Police at Carlisle (SPC) said truck driver Victor Stepanov, from Staten Island, New York, struck a bridge in Carlisle Borough last Thursday.
The top of the trailer was damaged in the collision, according to investigators.
Stepanov received a citation for an hours of service (HOS) violation and was placed out of service (OOS).
SPC stated in a news release “many other violations were noted on a DOT inspection,” though they did not specify what the other violations were.
The truck, owned by Bon Logistics Inc., was towed to a local tow yard.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Bon Logistics is a three-truck, three-driver operation based in Brooklyn, New York.
Authorities in Carlisle report the tow yard advised Stepanov repairs were needed before the trailer would be safe to operate.
Stepanov refused repairs and left the tow yard — with the truck — on Friday.
It’s unclear whether Stephanov was instructed by a Bon Logistics representative to do so.
Police say Stephanov made it about 10 miles before the trailer “completely split apart” in the right lane of I-81 north on Friday just before 10 a.m.
The disabled truck caused significant traffic backups until about 1 p.m.
Police say Stephanov was issued more citations after Friday’s incident.
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