Trucking company in maze crash sees license suspended


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On a day that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger touted the 25-day repair of a collapsed MacArthur Maze ramp as the "best side" of government Friday, the trucking company involved in the fiery April 29 gasoline tanker wreck that weekened the ramp lost its license to carry gasoline.

The California Highway Patrol slapped Sabek Trucking of South San Francisco with an indefinite suspension of its hazardous materials transportation license, in effect killing its only business of hauling gasoline to a about 20 Bay Area convenience stores.

It was the first time the state suspended any trucking company since 1992, when the law empowering the highway patrol commissioner to do so was enacted.

Although the safety inspection that led to the suspension was precipitated by the tanker crash, highway patrol officials said it is not linked to the crash itself. Highway patrol investigators continue to probe the wreck, but will not release information until it is completed, said Ofc. Mike Wright, a CHP spokesman.

The project to rebuild the collapsed eastbound Interstate-80-to-Interstate-580 connector was expected to take months but only took 25 days. Cars were allowed onto the rebuilt ramp Thursday night at about 8:40 p.m.

Even before Friday's suspension, Sabek had a history of safety citations. In the past 2[1/2] years, authorities issued 27 citations to the truck that crashed.

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