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Fed safety agency recommends banning cellphone use, texting by truckers, commercial drivers

09/13/2011 01:25 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:22 EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A U.S. highway safety agency is recommending that states ban texting and cellphone use by truckers and other commercial drivers when they are behind the wheel.

The National Transportation Safety Board passed the recommendation after a hearing in Washington on Tuesday that revealed a truck driver making a call with his cell caused a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky interstate in 2010.

The truck driven by 45-year-old Kenneth Laymon of Jasper, Ala., crossed the median and crashed into a van carrying a Mennonite family and friends to a wedding in Iowa. Laymon and 10 people in the van were killed.

The recommendation to ban cellphone use and texting goes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and all 50 states for action.