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Truck Driver Charged For Deadly Oklahoma Bus Crash

The driver of a tractor trailer who crossed a highway median and collided with a bus in Oklahoma last year, killing four members of the North Central Texas College softball team, was high on synthetic marijuana or “spice,” as the substance is commonly called, federal investigators have determined. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russel Wayne Staley, 53, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the four players, Meagan Richardson, 19 of Wylie, Texas; Katelynn Woodlee, 18, of Windom, Texas; Jaiden Pelton, 20, of Telephone, Texas; and Brooke Deckard, 20, of Scurry, Texas. The players were headed ... Read More

Truck Driver Barred From Road For Poor Health, HOS Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday that it is revoking the commercial driver’s license of a Minnesota truck driver who the agency says poses an imminent hazard to public safety for medical reasons. The FMCSA said that John Ray Carpenter, a licensed commercial truck driver and chief executive officer at Carpenter Brothers Services, Inc. of Hibbing, Minn., is “medically unqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle” and was served a notice barring him from operating a commercial motor vehicle in Minnesota as well as outside of the state. According to the agency, Mr. Carpenter was driving a ... Read More

Fatal I-10 crash underlines importance of sharing the road with big rigs

State police in Slidell, La., said the apparent cause of a fatal crash on Interstate 10 earlier this week was a motorist’s attempt to pass an 18-wheeler in foggy conditions. Police say the driver of a pickup truck trying to pass on the shoulder probably couldn’t tell the road narrowed to a bridge ahead of the truck. When the driver ran out of road room, police believe he swerved back onto the road and collided with the 18-wheeler. The impact forced the 18-wheeler driver to crash into another big rig traveling in the left lane, and an 18-wheeler crashed through ... Read More

Tractor trailer multi-vehicle crash near Savannah kills five nursing students

Flags flew at half-staff across Georgia Thursday following a crash near Savannah that resulted in the deaths of five Georgia Southern University nursing students early Wednesday morning. Investigators believe the chain-reaction crash started with a tractor trailer slamming into slowed traffic. The crash occurred at 5:45 a.m. on Interstate 16 near Savannah where the students were headed for their last day of clinical rotations at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Four women died at the scene of the crash and three others were rushed to a Savannah hospital, where a fifth student died. Authorities identified the deceased students as Caitlyn Baggett, 21, of ... Read More

Tractor trailer collapses Texas bridge, killing at least one

SALADO, Tex. – An oversized tractor trailer struck a Texas bridge under construction on Interstate 35 between Waco and Austin Thursday morning, causing a structural collapse that killed at least one and injured three others. Reports say the truck was traveling north on I-35 when it hit the overpass at FM 2484, part of a $72.6 million construction project underway by the Texas Department of Transportation. The impact caused several concrete beams to collapse and topple onto vehicles passing below the structure. Two other tractor trailers and two pickup trucks were also reportedly affected by the collapse. According to the ... Read More

Tire blowout on log truck in Arkansas results in the death of two construction workers; 19 injured

In Arkansas, a log truck lost control and spilled logs onto nearby construction workers, killing two and injuring 19. The accident, which occurred on U.S. Highway 65 in Clinton, is reported to have been caused by a tire blowout, state police said. According to the preliminary state police report, the big rig’s trailer, which was being driven by 39-year-old Jerry Hickman, had its left rear tire blow out, shifting its load of logs onto the roadway and onto a nearby work zone where construction workers were widening a bridge. Nearly 40 workers were on the bridge at the time of ... Read More

12-year-old girl killed in one of three Ohio traffic pileups

A 12-year-old girl was killed and at least 20 others were injured Jan. 21 in a massive pileup of cars and trucks on an Ohio highway. Authorities believe the initial crash on Interstate 275 near Cincinnati occurred around 11:30 a.m. and quickly turned into a pileup involving 87 passenger vehicles and 16 tractor trailers. Harsh winter conditions across Ohio and throughout the Midwest at the time made interstate driving exceptionally dangerous, with whiteout conditions and roadways blanketed with snow and ice. Officials say Sammy Reagan, a sixth grader at Columbia Intermediate School, had exited the vehicle she was in after ... Read More

NTSB investigators recreate parts of fatal Amtrak crash outside Reno

Federal officials investigating the deadly June 24 Amtrak crash near Reno, Nevada, say the train’s engineer sounded the horn at least 4 times before a commercial truck hauling a double trailer ran the crossing gate and crashed into the train, killing six people and injuring 20 others. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded a five-day investigation at the crash site on October 21. The probe included recreating various dynamics of the crash using a truck and pair of trailers provided by John Davis Trucking, the owner of the truck involved in the crash. Nevada’s Highway Patrol and Transportation Department provided ... Read More

Tractor trailer and school bus collide, killing one student and injuring several others

JACKSON, Miss.— A tractor trailer collided with a school bus on a rural Mississippi highway Friday morning, killing one child and injuring at least 10 others. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said the collision occurred around 7:20 a.m., just after the bus had stopped at a stop sign on Mississippi Highway 450 and U.S. Highway 61 about three and a half miles south of the town of Shaw. As the bus proceeded to turn onto 61, it was struck by an oncoming tractor trailer. The driver of the truck told authorities he saw the bus at the ... Read More

Truck driver saves the day after fiery Texas crash

“Thank God for seatbelts, airbags, and fire extinguishers,” Texas state trooper Roy Tower told ABC affiliate KLTV after responding to a fiery crash involving a passenger car and a commercial truck Tuesday morning. Those three items, plus the help of another commercial truck driver who witnessed the accident and stopped to help, saved the lives of two adults and three children involved in the crash. Reports say that a woman was traveling on FM726 just east of Gilmer, Texas, with three children she was babysitting when the sun apparently blinded her, causing her car to swerve into the 18-wheeler’s path ... Read More