Feds shut down trucking company tied to SA fatal human smuggling case

James Matthew Bradley, 60, accused of transporting undocumented immigrants

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press, RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Federal safety regulators have shut down the troubled Iowa trucking company that owned the semitrailer involved in a human trafficking case in which 10 immigrants died in San Antonio.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration placed Pyle Transportation under an "out-of-service order" Monday after a review found the company's safety rating was unsatisfactory.

Dozens of immigrants were found packed inside a Pyle-branded semitrailer in the parking lot of a South Side Walmart in July.

Eight people were found dead inside, and two more died after being hospitalized.

Pyle Transportation owner Brian Pyle has denied knowledge of the alleged human smuggling conspiracy.

He has said that he sold the trailer and hired a contractor to drive it to Brownsville, Texas, to deliver it to the buyer. 

James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, is the driver accused of transporting dozens of undocumented immigrants in the smuggling operation. 


Bradley faces up to life in prison or death if convicted of the conspiracy and transportation-resulting-in-death charges.

(Below is the out of service order for Pyle Transportation)

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