Thursday, November 5, 2009

Records show trucking company in deadly Winsted crash had other unsafe trucks

WINSTED -- The Sysco Food Services tractor-trailer that police say crossed the center line beside Route 44 here in a fatal head-on crash on April 3 wasn't the company's only truck that was identified as insecure.

Federal and state moving records show that four others in the state's fleet of 113 trucks were cited within the past 24 months.

Alfred B. Mencuccini of Mencuccini and Logan in Torrington, who represents the relations of SUV driver Heather Gunther, 33, who died in the wreck, said the truck will be cited as a contributing cause in a lawsuit because its brakes and one tire were establish to be unsafe.

Within the past 24 months, 21 trucks owned by Sysco Connecticut of Rocky Hill were arbitrarily checked by state police and Department of Motor Vehicle truck inspection squads in Connecticut, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety management and the DMV. One driver was also removed from service.

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