Company faces more questions after horse trailer wreck - WSMV News 4

Company faces more questions after horse trailer wreck

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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

There is more troubling news about the trucking company that crashed with a load of horses this week and shut down I-40 for hours.

Three animals died in the wreck, and now the Channel 4 I-Team has learned that the Lebanon livestock hauler had its trucking license revoked in 2010 but managed to get a new license under a new name.

The owner of Three Angels Farms, Dorian Ayache, had his license revoked by the Department of Transportation after he failed a safety audit.

Not long afterward, the company got a license in a different owner's name, but their record hasn't been so great, either.

Government investigators found a lot of problems when they took a close look at what caused Monday's wreck. They said the driver was fatigued, and the equipment had bad tires and brakes.

But Channel 4 has learned those kinds of violations are nothing new to Three Angels Farms in Lebanon.

A report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that the company's DOT license was revoked in November 2010.

They failed their safety audit, and its drivers weren't getting background checked or screened for drug and alcohol use.

They also had violations for driving too many hours.

And, in just one year, drivers were cited 10 times for problems uncovered during roadside inspections. Like in this week's wreck, there were problems with tires, brakes and driving too many hours.

But after Dorian Ayache's DOT license was revoked, the company got a new DOT number under a new name - Edwin Ayache - with the same address and same phone number.

But he started with a clean slate.

That didn't last long. State reports show the company's drivers once again wracked up violations for driving too many hours, making false reports on their logs, bad brakes, worn tires, leaky brake connections and turn signals that didn't work.

Channel 4 asked the Federal Motor Carrier Administration why would a company re-open under a different name and DOT number. Officials said that was part of the investigation that is now underway.

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