TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - The Ohio State Patrol says their preliminary investigation into the crash on I-75 suggests one truck driver was clearly at fault. He died along with another semi driver.
2 NEWS Investigates is digging into his record and who he was working for.
It took a lot of digging to find Dial Singh Jhutti's records because they were out of Canada. We even helped the state police validate his license there.
Even though he had a valid license, we discovered he had broken traffic laws here in the U.S., but had continued to serve as a commercial driver.
The fiery crash killed two people Wednesday night, injuring at least six and though still under investigation, this is what we know. Police say Jhutti was driving a truck in the right lane when he failed to slow down for construction traffic.
He struck a car pushing it into the median, injuring the driver. The Ohio State Patrol says evidence suggests he didn't even brake before then hitting another semi, driven by Michael Moore, 59.
2 NEWS Investigates obtained records from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles showing that he has two speeding convictions in the state.
One in Lima, the other in Maumee. In Missouri, Jhutti was convicted of driving the wrong direction on a highway as well as exceeding maximum driving time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
Jhutti was working for Balram Trucking out of Brampton, Ontario.
Police believe he was hauling a paper product.
2 NEWS Investigates did reach out to the Canadian company and confirmed Jhutti did work for the company and was related to the manager.
That manager was not available for comment. We also checked into the background of the other semi driver killed. Michael Moore had a valid commercial driver’s license out of Indiana and two speeding convictions in the U.S. To be clear, troopers do not believe he has any blame in this crash.
2 NEWS Investigates talked with Moore's employer. The vice president of Central Transport said they are deeply saddened by the tragic event and say this is by far the most difficult part of the trucking business. He said his thoughts and prayers are with each family. The state patrol believes Moore was hauling small auto parts.
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