ROSELAWN, Ind. (AP) - 24 Hour News 8 uncovered new information about a Michigan truck driver involved in an Indiana crash that killed seven people.
24 Hour News 8 checked Michigan Secretary of State records and found that Howard J. Stratton has been ticketed five times for speeding since 2006 and received a ticket for failing to get his truck's load weighed near Jackson, Mich. last month.
His licensing records list his home address in Leroy, which is near Cadillac.
Stratton, 55, was the driver of a semi-truck that hit the back of an SUV stopped at a construction zone on Interstate 65 in Jasper County, Ind. on Aug. 16, police said.
The impact crushed the SUV between Stratton's truck and one in front, and all three vehicles caught fire.
Seven people died.
Stratton was driving for Griffin Transportation, Inc., which is located on Clay Avenue in suburban Grand Rapids.
24 Hour News 8 also checked the company's safety record with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to its online database, Griffin Transportation drivers were involved in a half-dozen crashes in the last two years around the country with one injury reported.
Stratton was transported to a hospital after the crash, complaining of pain. There is no word yet whether he will face charges in Indiana.
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