Diving into Semi Driver's Record Connected to School Crash

January 17, 2018 07:46 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- New details have surfaced about the driver of the semi-truck that crashed into Lyle Public School Tuesday morning.

The driver has been identified as Jeffrey Mark Kohls of Plato, Minnesota.


Court records show Kohls has a history of 17 traffic violations going back to 2001.

About half of those involved speeding. Others include failing to stop at a stop a sign and failing to yield to the right of way traffic.

He works for Payton-Claire Express - which declined to comment or say how long Kohls has been with the company. However, according to its website, Payton-Clair Express looks at the last 3 years of a person's driving record before hiring a driver.

Kohl's most recent traffic violation was a little over four years ago.

According to Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services, Kohls obtained his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in 2015. It has never been revoked.

The Minnesota State Patrol is still investigating if speed or driver error factored into the crash. Wednesday morning, the semi was inspected to see if equipment may have played a role.

Sergeant Troy Christenson says more information will be released once the investigation is finished, which could take up to a month.


Hannah Tiede

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