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Commercial Truck Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes Tractor Trailer Into Parked Vehicles

A commercial truck driver who crashed his tractor trailer into about a dozen parked cars in Long Beach, Calif., early Thursday morning said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. The crash occurred around 1 a.m. on the 3300 block of Santa Fe Ave. between West Willow St. and 34th St., a stretch of street across from an industrial yard that residents say is busy and prone to accidents anyway. Add to that a commercial trucker falling asleep behind the wheel of a semi and the results can be disastrous. Most people were inside at that time of the morning so ... 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

Kentucky Truck Driver Deemed Hazardous To Public, Ordered Out of Service

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a Kentucky truck driver to immediately cease operating any commercial vehicle after a roadside inspection turned up serious violations that posed “an imminent threat to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that Kentucky State Police pulled William R. Eichhorn’s commercial tractor trailer over for a roadside inspection in Laurel County, Ky. While standing on the steps of the trucks, a state police officer noticed a woman seated on the passenger side of the vehicle, but Mr. Eichhorn did not have the carrier’s written authorization allowing him to transport passengers, as federal rules ... Read More

Feds Shut Down Limousine Company After Deadly Crash Exposes Multiple Safety Violations

Federal officials this month ordered a Wisconsin limousine service to “immediately cease all intrastate and interstate operations” after an investigation found the company’s noncompliance with critical safety rules posed “an imminent threat to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it served Mary and Patrick Lyons, who do business as Lyons Limousine LLC, an order to cease all business operations. The government’s order was primarily based on what it found investigating a fatal March 25 crash of a Lyons limousine in Elgin, Ill. The driver of the single-vehicle crash, which killed one passenger and injured several others, ... Read More

Canadian Truck Driver Barred From Operating In U.S. After Multiple Violations In Four Days

Federal safety authorities have deemed a Canadian truck driver to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and barred him from operating a commercial vehicle in the U.S. following a series of incidents including “dangerous and erratic operation” of a truck, falsifying records, and other offenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Inderjit Singh Gill, who holds a Class A commercial driver’s license issued in Ontario, Canada, was stopped by U.S. authorities on four separate occasions in as many days last month, starting on March 4 when roadside safety inspectors pulled him out of service for falsifying ... Read More

Unannounced Commercial Vehicle Inspections Spared Thousands From injuries and Death, FMCSA Says

Commercial vehicle roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement programs saved nearly 500 lives and prevented nearly 9,000 injuries in 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said last week. The agency said its annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model analysis estimates that in 2012, the most recent year for which complete data is available, federal safety programs prevented more than 14,000 crashes involving large commercial trucks and buses. FMCSA analysts say these programs have saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001. “Over the last several decades, we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on our ... Read More

Congress Bars Longer Twin Trailers From U.S. Highways, For Now

Truck safety advocates scored a partial victory Wednesday when Congress killed language in the $1.8-trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016 that would have allowed commercial carriers to add 5 feet to the length of each twin “pup” trailer, extending them from 28 feet to 33 feet. Highway safety experts and advocates have argued that the longer length of the twin trailers would make it trickier for trailers to safely merge onto highways and navigate exit ramps. The language also would have increased the maximum allowable cargo weight from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds, putting more wear on highways and ... Read More

New HOS Rule Improved Truck, Highway Safety, Report Finds

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) threw its support behind hours-of-service (HOS) rules transportation regulators implemented in 2013, deeming the measures effective in their intended purpose to improve commercial trucking and highway safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) modified the HOS rules, which govern the amount of time commercial truck drivers can work and drive on a daily and weekly basis, in 2011, triggering an outcry from industry groups and several lawmakers who pushed to overturn them. The GAO reviewed the transportation agency’s 2014 study on the new rules and their impact on commercial trucking safety, and found ... Read More

Mexican trucking company ousted from cross-border program for numerous safety violations

Federal transportation authorities have banned a Mexican trucking company from operating in the U.S. after finding the carrier had failed to abide by U.S. rules governing commercial transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of Sergio Tristan Maldonaldo, doing business as Tristan Transfer, on Jan. 23 after giving it a conditional rating during a Dec. 20 compliance review and placing the company on a 30-day probationary period. The company, based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, operates two trucks with five drivers. At the end of the period, U.S. authorities found the carrier had failed to ... Read More

Bay Area limo fire kills five women and injures four others

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – A newlywed bride and four other women are dead after the limousine hired to drive them to a hotel in Foster City, Calif., caught on fire as it was crossing the San Mateo Bridge. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the horrific fire and why it engulfed the back of the car so rapidly, leaving the occupants with mere seconds to attempt an escape. Driver Orville Brown, 46, was driving the 1999 Lincoln Town Car owned by LimoStop Inc., when he thought he heard one of the nine passengers in the back say over the loud ... Read More