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Family Sues Tractor-Trailer Company over Woman’s Roadside Death

The family of a young mother who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while checking on her baby after pulling onto the side of a Connecticut highway alleges the truck driver was negligent and reckless in a newly filed lawsuit. Ashley Ferguson Jones, 31, pulled her Kia Optima fully into the breakdown lane of I-95 in Old Lyme, Connecticut on Dec. 1, 2016, to check on her daughter in the back seat, who was coughing and potentially choking on food. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Jones was leaning into the back seat through the rear driver’s side rear door ... Read More

Idaho Truck Driver Charged For Leaving Miles-Long Acid Spill

An Idaho truck driver faces criminal charges for allowing his truck to leak its load of sulfuric acid on a Pocatello, Idaho highway, causing extensive damage as well as a bicycling accident that seriously injured a man. The truck driver, identified by Idaho State Police as a 59-year-old resident of Pocatello, was charged for violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) rules and Idaho state law for intentionally letting about 60 gallons of sulfuric acid to leak from his truck. The incident occurred on Sept. 27 when the truck driver was hauling about 83 gallons of sulfuric acid from Soda ... Read More

New Mexico Tractor-Trailer Deemed a Public Hazard After Deadly Crash

A New Mexico-licensed tractor-trailer driver was arrested and ordered off the roads after an inspection following a deadly crash in Kansas turned up multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that on June 13, commercial truck driver Evaristo Mora was driving a tractor-trailer through a work zone on U.S. 54 in Pratt County, Kansas, when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. Mr. Mora’s truck collided with another tractor-trailer head-on, killing the driver of that truck and a passenger in the cab of Mr. Mora’s vehicle. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Mora had been driving despite having an ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer driver Likely Fell Asleep Before Fiery Georgia Crash

A tractor-trailer driver “presumably fell asleep” at the wheel before crashing through a sound barrier wall on I-75 in northwest Georgia Monday morning, Cobb County authorities said. The fiery crash occurred in the pre-dawn darkness around 5:30 a.m. between Kennesaw and Acworth, Georgia. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tractor-trailer driver John Thurston likely fell asleep, causing his vehicle to drift from the northbound lanes of I-75. The tractor-trailer struck a series of concrete and metal barriers near exit 273 before crashing through the barrier wall and into a drainage ditch, where it rolled over. The truck, laden with scrap metal, ... Read More

Rogue Trucking Company Transported Explosives Without Qualifications, Compliance

Federal authorities have shut down a Tennessee trucking company after an unannounced roadside inspection found a truck haphazardly packed with unsecured explosives and multiple other violations that constituted an “imminent hazard to public safety.” On March 23, 2018, a truck operated by RC Stone & Farms of Crossville, Tennessee, was pulled over on Highway 28 in Sequatchie County and inspected by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A Bomb with Wheels Among the cargo that THP authorities found piled dangerously in the bed of the pickup truck were numerous Class 1 explosives, including ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture, electric detonators, blasting caps, and detonating ... Read More

Minnesota Bus Crash Caused By ‘Medical Episode’

A commercial bus crash that injured several members of an Illinois community college basketball team occurred when the bus driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, investigators said. The bus was carrying members of the Highland Community College women’s basketball team home to Freeport, Illinois, from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton when it crashed Saturday, March 10, at 6:46 p.m. on I-94 near St. Michael, Minnesota. The bus driver, 64-year-old Paul William Cheeseman, and 11 others were taken to area hospitals with various injuries, none of which were reported to be life-threatening. The injured passengers were said ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills One, Injures Dozens in South Alabama

A bus crash near the Alabama-Florida border killed the driver and sent 46 people, mostly Houston-area high school band members, to area hospitals Tuesday morning, several with serious injuries. The bus, operated by First Class Tours Inc., was carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview High School back to Channelview, Texas, after a Saturday performance at a Disney World music festival. Channelview is just east of Houston. The bus crash killed driver Harry Caligone of Houston, who was employed by First Class Tours for more than 20 years. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Caligone had a clean driving ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Group Seeks Further Changes to Anti-Fatigue Rules

Is it possible to settle hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for tractor-trailer drivers to everyone’s satisfaction? Nearly a year after federal regulators overturned parts of hours-of-service reforms instituted in 2013, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to further loosen the rules, which limit the consecutive driving hours and mandate periods of rest for tractor-trailer drivers. The OOIDA is asking the FMCSA to allow drivers to pause their 14-hour daily clock for up to three consecutive hours and eliminate the 30-minute rest break mandated under the current regulations. HOS rules are intended to reduce ... Read More

FMCSA bars Washington trucking firm and driver from operating

Federal authorities have ordered a Washington-based trucking company and one of its drivers to immediately cease all in-state and intrastate operations after finding them to pose an imminent threat to public safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that the orders were given to Even Flo Logistics LLC of Tumwater, Washington, and Even Flo Logistics’ truck driver Shawn Roberts, who holds a Washington State commercial driver’s license. According to the FMCSA, in August 2017 the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division conducted a compliance investigation of Even Flo Logistics. That investigation was prompted by multiple roadside inspections ... Read More

Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule Withdrawn

A proposed rule addressing the deadly risk of obstructive sleep apnea for commercial drivers and other transportation workers has been struck down by two federal agencies. According to a Federal Register posting, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are abandoning regulatory efforts to reduce the number of drowsy-driver related crashes by requiring testing and treatment of sleep apnea. The proposed rule becomes the latest safety regulation to be thrown on the chopping block by the Trump Administration, alarming safety experts who have demonstrated through years of research how serious safety deficiencies in current ... Read More