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Dump Truck Driver Arrested In Va. Fatal Accident

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) --  The U.S. DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is investigating a trucking company after one of its drivers was arrested and charged in a fatal accident in Prince William County.

FMCSA is investigating GDC, Inc. to review the trucking company's compliance with federal safety standards.

The driver of a dump truck that, police say, caused a fatal accident Tuesday, was arrested and charged with reckless driving.

James Edward Dibble, 65, of Alexandria turned himself into police Wednesday, after being charged in the crash. 

It happened at southbound Route 29 (Lee Highway) at Bull Run Post Office Road Tuesday afternoon.

Daniel S. Tulk, 40, of South Riding, was killed in the accident. His SUV was smashed head-on by the dump truck, police said.

Dan Tulk was an artist and a stay-home-dad, taking care of his three young daughters, ages 3,5, and 7, said neighbor and friend Clara O'Brien.  "He was amazing.  He was sunshine.  This has left a hole in the community," said O'Brien.  She said his wife Erin, a general consul, attorney, is "crushed."

Dibble was released on bond at his court hearing Thursday.  Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert is appealing the decision.  "He's a danger on the roads," Ebert said.

GDC, Inc owner, Gerald David Cooper, told 9News Now that Dibble is a good driver and that "everybody here feels horrible about what happened.  We feel so sad for the family."  He said he wanted to send the Tulk family flowers, but his insurance company told him not to.    

The driver of the other car that was hit, a  2002 Ford F-350 has been identified as a 40-year-old woman of Aldie.  Neither she now the three passengers in her vehicle were injured.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say their preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of a dump truck was traveling southbound on Lee Highway  when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit the rear panel of a Ford F-350.

He then over-corrected back into the southbound lanes then back into the northbound lanes striking a Honda CRV head on.

Tulk was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in his vehicle.

Police are still investigating the accident.