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Commercial bus and trucks collide on Nebraska interstate

Several people were injured early Thursday morning when a commercial bus and semi truck collided with another commercial truck that had overturned on Interstate 80 in Gibbon, Nebraska. Police investigating the crash say that Mohamed Arguini, 39, of Antioch, Tenn., was hauling a truckload of dry cereal when he veered onto the median and then overcorrected, causing his semi truck to flip and splay across both westbound lanes. A second commercial truck clipped Mr. Arguini’s overturned vehicle and drove off the road into a ditch. Mr. Arguini was taken to a hospital in Kearney, Neb., where he was listed in ... Read More

After devastating loss, Texas woman declares war on sleep apnea in the trucking industry

“I am on a mission. I am going to wage a war against sleep apnea in the trucking industry,” says Wanda Lindsay in an introductory video for a foundation she started to raise awareness about the dangers of sleep apnea and to honor the memory of her husband John. Last year, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay had been enjoying the retired life to the fullest – spending time with their children and grandchildren, planning trips, and traveling. But all of that changed suddenly for the Texas couple in May 2010 when they came to a stop in a construction zone while ... Read More

Study finds CSA safety rating system works well, but still has flaws

An independent analysis of the CSA safety enforcement system, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gradually phased in to replace the old SafeStat model, has found the new system to be a highly effective system overall, but says it still needs improvements in some parts. The study, conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, provided a comprehensive analysis of the CSA model to determine if its new Safety Measurement System (SMS) system performed better than the SafeStat method. According to Truckinginfo.com, the researchers found the new system was indeed better; it reached more carriers and helped improve ... Read More

Reducing fatigued driving: six tips to help you stay awake and alert behind the wheel

A commercial truck driver lost control of his five-axle dump truck on a U.S. highway in North Carolina Wednesday and crashed into a ditch. Authorities responding to the scene told Eastern North Carolina’s ENCToday.com that the 53-year-old driver, who received some minor injuries in the crash, dozed off behind the wheel and drove off the right shoulder of U.S. 70 in La Grange, NC. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved, but the driver was cited for reckless driving. Driver fatigue is a top safety concern for commercial drivers, motor carriers, and safety regulators alike. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ... Read More

GOP lawmakers poised to fight Hours of Service changes

Proposed Hours of Service (HOS) rules that restrict the number of consecutive driving hours for commercial drivers and increase their required periods of rest are being met with staunch opposition from some key Republican lawmakers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) expects to issue the new rules by the end of October. Opponents of the rule changes, including John Mica (R-FL) who serves as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and three other Republican legislators, have vowed to intervene if the proposed changes are included in the final rule. In a letter to President Obama and ... Read More

Police blame Maine Amtrak crash on distracted truck driver

Authorities leading the investigation of the crash between a commercial truck and Amtrak’s Downeaster train said the truck driver was distracted, possibly by a cell phone, and blamed the collision on driver inattention. The crash occurred in North Berwick, Maine, July 11 when driver Peter Barnum, 35, failed to stop at a railroad crossing and slammed into the train carrying 112 passengers and 4 Amtrak employees. Mr. Barnum was killed instantly. Several passengers and Amtrak crew received minor injuries in the fiery crash. The North Berwick Police Department, which was considered the lead investigator in the case, issued a press ... Read More

First Mexican carrier gets green light to make long hauls north of the border

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has given the green light to one of the seven Mexican trucking companies seeking long-haul operating rights within the United States under a controversial NAFTA pilot program. Grupo Behr de Baja California, a commercial trucking company based in Tijuana, was authorized to operate in the U.S. under a previous cross-border pilot program. The Mexican carrier could begin making hauls north of the border within weeks if the cross-border test program isn’t first shuttered by a lawsuit seeking to stop it. The 3-year pilot program was originally launched in 2007 with 31 Mexican trucking firms ... Read More

NTSB calls for comprehensive commercial-truck cell phone ban

When Kenneth Laymon, a commercial truck driver from Jasper, Alabama, made a phone call from his truck, it took one second for that small distraction to escalate into a brutal crash that left 11 people dead on a Kentucky highway. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is now using the Munfordville, Ky., crash to back up its push for a nationwide ban on cell phone use for all commercial truck and bus drivers. The NTSB doesn’t have the authority to create and impose new safety regulations, but its recommendations carry much weight in federal and state regulatory agencies as well ... Read More

Fuel tanker rollover spills thousands of gallons of diesel into Colorado creek

DENVER, Colo. —Environmental Protection Agency authorities were trying to determine the extent of environmental damage caused by a fuel tanker crash that occurred in the Denver area Saturday near Loveland Ski Area. Authorities investigating the crash say that the driver of a diesel tanker was driving too fast to properly navigate a hairpin curve on U.S. 6, causing the truck to rollover on the passenger side and spilling about 4,000 gallons of diesel in Clear Creek, a 66-mile-long tributary of the South Platte River. The driver of the tanker truck received minor injuries in the crash but was not taken ... Read More

British Columbia truck crash kills vacationing California family

A family of four from California was killed in British Columbia, Canada, Friday after being struck by a flat-deck tractor trailer and trapped inside their van. The tragic crash happened just after 3 p.m. on Highway 93 in the Kootenay National Park in eastern BC, west of Calgary, Alberta. According to the Langley Times, the Howard family of Palo Alto, California, was apparently vacationing in Canada and had just crossed into the country the previous day. They were traveling in a van, which was towing a compact 4×4 vehicle, when the tractor trailer crossed the center line on an S ... Read More