YAPHANK - News 12 Long Island has learned that the company that owns a tractor-trailer involved in a deadly Long Island Expressway pileup has a history of fatal crashes.
Federal Department of Transportation investigators have joined police in the search for what caused a 35-vehicle pileup in Yaphank that killed a Blue Point woman and injured 33 others.
Officials say 42-year-old Raymond Simoneau was driving a tractor-trailer owned by Jewell Transport, of Vermont. Federal officials say the company has had a total of seven crashes in the past two years, three of them fatal.
Since 2005, Jewell Transport has been slapped with 120 violations, mostly for overweight trucks, equipment violations or uninspected trucks.
Police say the truck was hauling storm debris from Nassau when it triggered the accident. Nassau County officials say they did not deal directly with Jewell, but contracted with Looks Great Services, of Huntington. The owner of Looks Great hung up on News 12 Long Island when asked to comment.
New York's Department of Motor Vehicles says neither the truck driver nor Jewell Transport have violations in the state.