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Trucking Company That Owned Semi In L.I.E. Crash Has Bad Safety Record

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The scene of a fatal crash on the Long Island Expressway. (Credit: Leonard Morlo/Riverhead Local)

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SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The trucking company that owned the rig blamed for a deadly 35-vehicle pileup on the Long Island Expressway has a blemished safety record.

Newsday reported that Jewell Transportation Inc. has been cited at least 23 times for unsafe driving since 2011.

Federal transportation records showed the company’s fleet has also been involved in several accidents, including a fatal wreck last July in upstate New York.

A semi-trailer truck owned by the Vermont company collided with several other vehicles and caught fire Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of the L.I.E. where it meets the William Floyd Parkway at exit 68.

Police said 42-year-old Raymond Simoneau of Rockingham, Vermont was hauling storm debris from Superstorm Sandy when he struck a number of cars.

Christa Zepf, 68, of Blue Point was killed in the crash and 33 others were injured — one seriously — and taken to area hospitals, police said.

An attorney for the trucking company and the driver said they are cooperating with the investigation.

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