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U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More

Ninth Texas Casino Bus Crash Victim Dies, Lawsuits filed

Officials investigating the crash of a charter bus near Laredo, Texas, on its way to a casino say a ninth person has died from crash injuries. Atanacio Almendares Trejo, 83, of Weslaco, Texas, died Friday at University Hospital in San Antonio. The nature of Mr. Trejo’s injuries was not disclosed, but an autopsy has been planned for this week. The casino bus crash injured 43 other passengers when it toppled over on Highway 83 in south Texas Saturday, May 14. The bus, owned and operated by OGA Charters of San Juan, was taking passengers from the Rio Grande Valley in Southeastern Texas ... Read More

Fatal Canal Crashes Prompt Road Safety Overhaul In Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish, La., officials seeking to improve safety on the busy roads straddling canals along the east bank of the Parish found that the improvements would come with a heavy price tag of at least $100 million. Jefferson Parish commissioned an engineering study last year after five car crashes killed three people – a 6-year-old girl, her 32-year-old mother, and a local 33-year-old firefighter. All three were killed when their vehicles veered off the road and plunged into uncovered drainage canals. According to the Associated Press, the $150,000 study “makes clear that safeguarding motorists from all the open canals would be ... Read More

New High-speed Cameras Weigh Commercial Vehicles, Check For Violations On Alabama Highway

Motorists who drive I-85 between Montgomery and Shorter, Ala., have voiced concerns to WSFA about cameras and a flashing green light a half mile south of exit 22 that they suspect are issuing speeding tickets. But when Montgomery’s WSFA looked into the matter, it found that the cameras aren’t paying attention to passenger vehicles. It’s commercial vehicles that they are monitoring. Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) told WSFA that the flashing green light is part of a currently unannounced system that weighs commercial vehicles as they pass through and simultaneously searches databases to determine whether the vehicle has ... Read More

NTSB Releases List of Most-Wanted Safety Improvements For 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sends investigators to the scene of dozens of air, rail, and highway disasters every year to determine what went wrong and to make recommendations for future safety improvements and other measures that could help save lives. But U.S. regulators and lawmakers don’t always heed the NTSB’s advice, and some recommendations can take years to implement, prompting the agency to compile a wish list of 10 broad safety improvements that it would most like to see become mandatory. Several of the NTSB’s most-wanted improvements underscore the potential of technology to prevent accidents, save lives, and ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Crash Devastates N.Y. Family

KILLINGTON, Vt. — Three people were killed and four others injured after a tractor trailer jackknifed on slushy Vermont highway Dec. 29 and collided with a Cadillac Escalade in the ski resort town of Killington, Vt. Ryszard Malarczyk, 51, his wife Anita Malarczyk, 50, of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and their friend Jaroslaw Karczewski, 51, who was visiting from Poland, died of injuries they sustained in the crash. The Malarczyk’s children, Monica Malarczyk, 22; Peter Malarczyk, 20; and Natalie Malarczyk, 16; all of Hastings on Hudson, survived the crash with non-life-threatening injuries, The (White Plains) Journal News reported. The family were reportedly ... Read More

Congress Prolongs Suspension of Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rules for commercial drivers

Pressured by the trucking industry to challenge new safety rules governing the hours of work and rest for commercial drivers, Congress on Wednesday chose to keep a suspension of hours-of-service (HOS) rules in place until federal regulators can prove they work. In February 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new HOS rules modifying the 34-hour restart period for drivers, requiring any 34-hour restart period to contain two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The rule change also allowed only one restart every 168 hours. The full rule took effect in July 2013. However, the stage was ... Read More

Commercial truck safety improvements slow to become law despite rise in crashes

Two high-profile commercial truck crashes this year have re-ignited calls for new rules that would enhance highway safety for tractor trailers, but federal regulators have been slow to act, Bloomberg reports. On June 17, 30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan was critically injured when an allegedly fatigued Walmart driver plowed his tractor trailer into Mr. Morgan’s limo van. In addition to injuring Mr. Morgan, the collision killed comedian James McNair and critically injured three others. Then on Sept. 26, a tractor trailer driving north on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma ran across the median into the southbound ... Read More

Two lawsuits filed against truck carrier and driver over deadly college bus crash

One wrongful-death and one personal-injury lawsuit have been filed against a commercial trucking company and driver in the wake of a tragic Sept. 26 crash that killed four members of a college softball team and injured a dozen others in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, the parents of 20-year-old Brooke Deckard filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County against Nashville, Tenn.-based Quickway Carriers and driver Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. Brooke was one of the four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team killed when Mr. Staley’s truck crossed the median on Interstate 35 and struck the team’s bus ... Read More

Lengthy arrest record, safety violations, naked woman found in truck that hit Florida school bus

A logging truck slammed into the back of a school bus Monday afternoon in Starke, Fla., sending seven children and the bus driver to the hospital. At least one of the children on the bus was seriously injured. The crash occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 301 just south of the Lawtey community in Bradford County. Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith told First Coast News that the bus driver told authorities she noticed in her rear view mirror that the truck was failing to slow down so she released the brake and stepped on the gas in an attempt ... Read More