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Bad Driver Causes Tractor-Trailer To Plummet Off Texas Overpass

A tractor-trailer that was struck by a careless driver plummeted off a highway overpass in Sugar Land, Texas, and landed on top of a Toyota sedan Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department told Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 that it’s a “miracle” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the crash. According to KPRC, authorities said it was raining heavily when a gold-color SUV was spotted driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes on Highway 59 southbound.  The SUV collided with the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into another car. The truck then hydroplaned, ... Read More

Jury awards survivor of chain-reaction crash that killed five nursing students $15 million

A jury awarded a survivor of a chain-reaction crash that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students $15 million after about four hours of deliberation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan Richards, a former Georgia Southern nursing student who was injured in the crash that killed five of her friends, filed suit against trucking company Total Transportation of Mississippi and its parent company, U.S. Express, after one of its truck drivers failed to brake and collided with several cars sitting in traffic. Righting Injustice reported the crash occurred at 5:45 a.m. April 22, 2015, on Interstate 16 near Savannah, Georgia, ... Read More

Feds Propose Speed Limiting devices For Commercial Trucks And Buses

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that federal safety regulators will push for a new rule that would require all tractor-trailers, buses, and even passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed-limiting devices. The proposed measure, which would lead to heavy-duty vehicles being physically disabled from exceeding a pre-set speed limit, also comes as a rare occasion in which federal regulators and safety advocates find themselves in agreement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) jointly propose the rule, saying that in addition to its life-saving value, capped speeds ... Read More

U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More

Six Killed, Two Injured After Tractor Trailer Collides With Van on California Freeway

Four children and two women were killed and two men seriously injured when a tractor trailer rear-ended a minivan early Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 in Gorman, Calif. The crash is still in the early stages of investigation, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the van was on the shoulder of the 5 freeway’s southbound lanes when it the truck hit it just before 3:30 a.m. The CHP said the van had stopped after a prior minor collision with a sedan and may have been partially blocking the lane. The impact of the crash sent the van rolling ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Driver Arrested After High-Speed Chase Through Arizona

A rogue tractor trailer driver is being held in an Arizona jail on multiple felony charges, including three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and felony flight and resisting arrest, in addition to a misdemeanor drug charge. Raul De La Rosa Giron, 36, of Texas, led police on a 100-mile, high-speed chase March 15 through west central Arizona, forcing the closure on Interstate 40 in both directions. The pursuit began at 8:30 in the morning in Kingman, Ariz., after several callers reported a truck driving recklessly on I-40 near the California line. Mr. Giron drove the tractor trailer ... Read More

New High-speed Cameras Weigh Commercial Vehicles, Check For Violations On Alabama Highway

Motorists who drive I-85 between Montgomery and Shorter, Ala., have voiced concerns to WSFA about cameras and a flashing green light a half mile south of exit 22 that they suspect are issuing speeding tickets. But when Montgomery’s WSFA looked into the matter, it found that the cameras aren’t paying attention to passenger vehicles. It’s commercial vehicles that they are monitoring. Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) told WSFA that the flashing green light is part of a currently unannounced system that weighs commercial vehicles as they pass through and simultaneously searches databases to determine whether the vehicle has ... Read More

Notorious 11foot8 Bridge Devours Its First Truck of 2016

The website 11foot8.com has captured video of yet another truck getting its top sheared off as it drives under a notoriously low bridge in Durham, N.C. The truck was the 102nd since the website’s operator first began filming the crashes eight years ago. The bridge, located in the Brightleaf section of downtown Durham near the Durham Amtrak station, was built in the days before federal and state rules required minimum clearances. The trestle supports a train track and bears a large warning sign along its span that flashes when approaching vehicles are taller than 11’ 8”. Signs on either side ... Read More

Bus-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Two, Injures 10 Near El Paso

Five members of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Ghost Inside and five crew members are in stable condition with various injuries after their tour bus collided with a tractor trailer Nov. 19 east of El Paso, Texas. The collision killed the drivers of both vehicles. According to KFMX and CBS4, the band was traveling west on U.S. 62/180 from Lubbock to Phoenix. They had performed in Lubbock on Nov. 18 and were scheduled to perform in Phoenix on Nov. 20. The crash occurred around 9:16 MT. The impact killed bus driver Gregory Hoke, 31, of Round Rock, Texas, and ... Read More

Distracted Driving Caused Crash Of Nuclear Waste Truck In Maryland

Maryland authorities investigating the Wednesday crash of a tractor trailer hauling hazardous waste from Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear reactors determined distracted driving to be the cause. Maryland State Police said the 57-year-old driver, Daniel Bates, of Tennessee, had his attention fixed on another accident that had occurred on Interstate 81 near Maugansville, Md., just south of the Pennsylvania border. Mr. Bates has been charged in the crash, according to USA Today. The 2001 Freightliner truck was hauling two shipping containers of used protective suits that workers at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant used during radioactive cleanup. A spokesman ... Read More