The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave Hester Inc. a rating of "deficient" in February, 2010, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. That rating was based on inspections of the company's 30 drivers over the last 30 months. Last Friday, a Hester driver drove his truck across the median of Interstate 65 and collided with a van carrying a group of Mennonites to a wedding in Iowa, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers as well as the driver of the truck.

Hester's rating of 88.4 was based on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the worst rating. A spokesperson for the trucking industry advocacy organization, the American Trucking Association, said that the company should not have been operating with a score that low. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the National Traffic Safety Board.

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