Company in Kentucky Crash Had 17 Tickets in 2 Years

By BRETT BARROUQUERE | March 6, 2013

A Michigan trucking company involved in a crash that left six people dead on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky over the weekend had a satisfactory rating from the federal agency that oversees long-haul carriers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based its ranking of Highway Star Inc. on a 24-month span in which the company fell below the national average of vehicle problems.

Still, the agency advised states to closely inspect the company’s vehicles after it accumulated 17 traffic violations in the two-year period.

A tractor-trailer driven by 47-year-old Ibrahim Fetic of Troy, Mich., hit an SUV carrying a family back to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida on Saturday.

Killed were 62-year-old driver James Gollnow and his wife, 62-year-old Barbara Gollnow; their 92-year-old friend, Marion Chapnoise; 18-year-old Sareena Gollnow, whose relationship to the couple wasn’t immediately clear; and the couple’s foster children, 10-year-old Gabriel Zumig and 8-year-old Soledad Smith.

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