Alabama medical examiner indicted

WASHINGTON – A Certified Medical Examiner in Alabama has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with crimes related to conducting incomplete examinations of commercial motor vehicle drivers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it intends to revoke 2,000 medical certificates issued to commercial motor vehicle operators within the past two years by Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, a Phenix City, Ala., chiropractor and a CME listed on the National Registry.

An investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Transportation determined that Edwards conducted incomplete examinations, failed to perform required tests and falsified information on medical examination forms.

FMCSA, which removed Edwards from the National Registry in December, said its offices nationwide are working with state driver’s licensing agencies to obtain the contact information for all affected drivers.

FMCSA is contacting the drivers and informing them that they have 30 days to obtain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from an examiner with valid certification on the National Registry.

Drivers and carriers with further questions should contact FMCSA via email at or by calling 1-202-366-4001.

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