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Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 6:00am

GA Trucking Co. Closes Over Safety Issues

Federal authorities have shut down an Atlanta-based trucking company, saying the firm failed to cooperate with safety investigators.

Southern Transportation Inc. received an order Friday forcing it to cease operations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says it shut down the trucking company because it failed to release copies of safety records. Authorities say the company also failed to ensure its employees comply with driver qualification requirements and failed to properly maintain its trucks.

A working phone number for Southern Transportation Inc. could not be located.

Another Atlanta trucking firm based at the same location as Southern Transportation was forced to shut down by the same agency last week due to safety concerns.