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Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested In Deadly California Collision

An allegedly intoxicated tractor-trailer driver who caused a deadly six-vehicle pileup in Orcutt, California, will face at least two criminal charges, investigating authorities say. On Feb. 7, Gilbert Pena, 56, was driving a tractor-trailer on Highway 135 southbound in Orcutt when his truck slammed into the back of a Nissan sedan, killing 60-year-old Orcutt resident Rickie Motley and his passenger, 24-year-old Solvang resident Jesse Donald Gluyas. The collision drove the Nissan into four other vehicles causing a pileup that injured two other people. The California Highway Patrol doesn’t know why Mr. Pena drove his tractor-trailer into the cars, but an ... Read More

Arkansas Truck Driver ‘A Hazard to Public Safety,’ FMCSA Says

Federal authorities have ordered an Arkansas-licensed commercial truck driver to cease driving any commercial vehicles across state lines, calling him “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that it served truck driver Jeffery Scott Mitchell with an out-of-service order on Dec. 14, citing a record of serious “egregious violations,” including some concerning alcohol and drug use. During five separate roadside safety inspections within the last nine months, Mr. Mitchell has been cited and taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee for being either under the influence ... Read More

Trucking Companies Can Disregard California Break Rules, FMCSA Says

Commercial trucking companies do not have to comply with a California law requiring them to provide drivers with paid rest and meal breaks, federal regulators announced just before Christmas. In a written statement, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond Martinez suggested that pre-empting California’s stricter safety rules would lead to increased highway safety. The federal government’s hours-of-service (HOS) rules allow truck drivers to spend more time behind the wheel without a break. “Safety is FMCSA’s top priority and having uniform rules is a key component to increasing safety for our truck drivers,” Mr. Martinez said. “During the public comment ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Pleads Guilty For Deadly Missouri Crash

A tractor-trailer driver with a history of traffic violations has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for allegedly causing a February 2017 crash in Missouri that killed another motorist. Driver Narinder Singh, 46, was transporting about 22,000 pounds of hamburgers and cheeseburgers for the fast-food chain White Castle when his truck overturned on I-44 in southwestern Missouri. The accident killed David Lambeth, 43, whose pickup truck was partially crushed by the overturned tractor-trailer. A lawsuit filed against Mr. Singh, White Castle, and others by Mr. Lambeth’s widow asserts that Mr. Singh is too dangerous to drive a tractor-trailer, citing a dozen ... Read More

Truck Driver Awarded $5.4 Million After Amputation Accident

A federal jury in West Virginia ordered two trucking companies to pay a commercial truck driver more than $5.4 million after his foot was severely crushed on the job and he was forced to undergo a partial leg amputation. According to Land Line mag, plaintiff Richard Edwards Jr., a commercial truck driver, was helping his boss, David McGowan, to load metal pipes onto his truck with a forklift. Mr. Edwards drove trucks for McElliotts Trucking, a Huntington, West Virginia-based trucking firm owned by Mr. Edwards. Mr. McGowan first secured the forks of the forklift to a strap that wrapped around ... Read More

FMCSA-Banned Truck Driver Gets 3 Years For Deadly Crash

A Minnesota commercial truck driver with a history of sleep apnea crashes and violations has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in December to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide. John Ray Carpenter, a commercial truck driver and the owner-operator of a Hibbing, Minn.-based septic services company, fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck in Oct. 2015, causing him to cross the center line into the path of an oncoming car. The resulting collision killed 31-year-old Andrew Johnson, who was working for the city of Silver Bay, Minnesota when he was struck by Mr. Carpenter’s ... Read More

Feds Declare Montana Tractor-Trailer Driver Hazard to Public Safety

Federal transportation authorities have declared a Montana-licensed commercial tractor-trailer driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety” after he caused two crashes and failed a drug test. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) imminent-hazard declaration immediately bars Robert Schefflmaer from operating any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. According to the FMCSA, on Oct. 18, Schefflmaer was transporting hazardous material in a large commercial tanker truck on Interstate 80 in Elko County, Nevada, when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and entered the opposing traffic lanes. The tanker trailer then became detached from the tractor and ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Barred From Highway After Fatal Arizona Crash

Federal authorities have barred a California tractor-trailer driver from driving after causing a fatal crash and the driver’s refusal to submit to a urine test. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Commercial tractor-trailer driver Dharm Lingam posed an “imminent hazard to public safety” as a truck driver. On Sept. 17, 2017, Mr. Lingam was operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 in Pinal County, Arizona, when he lost control of the truck, crossed over the median, and collided with another tractor-trailer. The driver of the second truck was killed in the crash. Prior to the crash, the Arizona ... Read More

FMCSA To Test Hours-of-Service Rule Change For Commercial Drivers

Federal transportation regulators are planning to test new hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers that would allow them to split their off-duty time into two shorter segments without exceeding current on-duty driving limits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hopes to enroll about 200 commercial truck drivers in the pilot program, which essentially rolls back hours-of-service regulations to a previous standard that allowed drivers to split their sleep berth time. Under the program, commercial truck drivers who regularly use a sleeper berth would be allowed to divide their 10 hours of off-duty time into two separate sleeper berth splits ... Read More

News Bills Seek Sleep Apnea Testing For Commercial Drivers, Train Operators

Democratic members of Congress recently introduced bills that, if passed, would require federal transportation officials to mandate tests for obstructive sleep apnea in commercial truck drivers and railroad operators. The bills aim to reverse a decision by Donald Trump’s administration that killed final rulemaking for sleep apnea testing that would require commercial truck drivers and railroad operators to receive treatment if diagnosed with the disorder, which has been linked to daytime drowsiness and fatigue, one of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-NJ and Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, introduced a bill in the House last week that would “require the ... Read More