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Trucking Firm President Handed 15 Months in Tanker-Explosion Death

Carl B. Johansson was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles for violating Federal transportation and hazardous materials laws that resulted in the death of a welder. Johansson pleaded guilty to violating Federal hours of service regulations limiting the amount of time a driver can spend behind the wheel of a truck. He also failed to obtain proper certifications for the repair of a gasoline tanker. A welder hired to repair a leaking gasoline tanker at Johansson’s trucking facility was killed in an explosion ignited by his welding torch inside the tanker. OIG investigated this case with the FMCSA, FBI, and the California Highway Patrol.