Posted: Jun 29, 2012 6:09 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 29, 2012 6:18 PM EDT
This is GREAT news for the horses!! I'm so that Ayache is off the road! Thank you United States Department of Transportation!! ~Declan
Three Angels Farms forced to end transportation
Posted by Kevin Young - email
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Three Angels Farms, a Lebanon-based company that has been subject to controversy after recent traffic incidents involving fully loaded horse trailers, has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to cease all transportation operations.
The order, filed Friday, follows a federal investigation of the company and its owners, Edwin Ayache and Dorian Ayache, which found multiple violations.
Among the department's findings, investigators discovered that the company permitted its drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles without commercial driver's licenses and did not conduct proper controlled substances testing of its drivers.
"Safety is always our top priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "If a truck company ignores federal safety rules and places the traveling public at risk, we will remove them from the road."
Earlier this month, a Three Angels Farms driver was cited after a fully loaded horse trailer he was driving collapsed while traveling along I-440 in south Nashville.
The incident occurred when the trailer, carrying 37 horses, structurally failed by buckling in the center.
One of the horses was euthanized due to its injuries.
In January, a livestock trailer from Three Angels Farms was loaded with 38 horses when it crashed near mile marker 182 in Williamson County.
The truck's driver suffered minor injuries in the crash after authorities said he likely fell asleep at the wheel. Three of the horses were killed, and two were seriously injured in that wreck.
In both wrecks, the THP confirmed the destination was Presidio, TX. Presidio is a border town where horses are kept in pens until they're slaughtered in Mexican meat packing plants.
After the January wreck, the Channel 4 I-Team uncovered documents that showed four injured horses from Three Angels Farms were rejected by Mexican veterinarians at the border, just two days after the Three Angels Farm trailer wrecked on the interstate in Tennessee.