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FMCSA Rolls Back Some Truck Driver-Trainee Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is relaxing training requirements for Class B commercial truck drivers seeking to upgrade to a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) by eliminating redundant classroom instruction. The rule change, published by the FMCSA in the Federal Register on March 14, is actually a rollback of driver training regulations published in December 2016. Under that rule, truck drivers upgrading to a Class A CDL from a Class B CDL must undergo the same level of “theory training” as individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time. In addition to restricting the types of heavy ... Read More

Ohio Truck Driver Barred From Road After Two Deadly Collisions

An Ohio-licensed commercial truck driver who struck and killed two people with his tractor-trailer in separate accidents within six months has been deemed a hazard to public safety, federal officials said. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered truck driver Doug Jones to cease driving a tractor-trailer or operating any other commercial motor vehicle across state lines after the second deadly accident. On July 2, 2018, Mr. Jones was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, when he struck a man who was standing near his disabled vehicle on the right shoulder. After investigating that accident, ... Read More

FMCSA Urged to Curb Regulatory Exemptions for Commercial Carriers

An organization of commercial vehicle inspectors is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reign in the number of exemptions allowed to motor carriers, saying they are creating “confusion and inconsistency in enforcement.” Collin Mooney, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), sent a letter to the FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez expressing his concern with the excessive exemptions and their impact on the ability of inspectors to accurately and efficiently perform their jobs. The CVSA, which represents more than 4,000 commercial vehicle inspectors in North America, also suggested the exemptions could erode highway safety. “Since 2015, ... Read More

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

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

Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Auburn Superfan and Granddaughter

A horrific tractor-trailer crash on U.S. 280 in central Alabama killed Auburn football superfan Tammy Renae Bullard and her 2-year-old granddaughter Friday, Nov. 16. Ms. Bullard, a fervent Auburn fan and regular caller to the Paul Finebaum show on ESPN Radio, is known to many listeners as Tammy from Clanton. According to AL.com, Ms. Bullard was traveling westbound on U.S. 280 between Sylacauga and Childersburg when a tractor-trailer traveling in the eastbound lanes veered into oncoming traffic. Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell told AL.com that the tractor-trailer was hauling some kind of explosive material, prompting authorities to evacuate all ... 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

Brake Safety Week for Commercial Motor Vehicles Sept. 16-22

Commercial drivers take note: Brake Safety Week is Sept. 16-22. It’s the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual chance to identify and remove tractor-trailers and other commercial motor vehicles with critical brake violations from U.S. highways and roads. It’s also a chance for the  CVSA to draw attention to the dangers of faulty brake systems. “Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle,” the CVSA said in its announcement of Brake Safety Week. “Improperly ... 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

Tractor-Trailer Driver, Firms Sued For Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

The mother of a South Carolina woman who was killed in February when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car at a high speed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the truck’s driver was negligent when he fell asleep at the wheel. The deadly crash occurred in the early pre-dawn hours of Feb. 28 when 57-year-old Angela Gambrell of Greenwood, South Carolina, was stopped at a red light on her way to work, The Greenwood Index-Journal reported. At the same time, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer owned by Salem Leasing Corp. was traveling east on the 72 Bypass in Greenwood when it ... Read More