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Tractor Trailer collision in Opelika leaves two drivers in critical condition

OPELIKA, Ala. – Opelika Police Department investigators are working to determine the cause of a crash that left two commercial truck drivers critically injured on U.S. Highway 280 Friday morning. A preliminary investigation determined that one tractor trailer has stopped at a red light in the eastbound lane of Highway 280 when another tractor trailer slammed into the back of it. Images of the crash scene show one truck belonging to Big M Transportation standing upright with a smashed-in cab while another 18-wheeler lies on its side amid heaps of tangled metal. The drivers of both trucks were airlifted to ... Read More

Tracy Morgan crash reignites efforts to preserve truck safety Hours-of-Service rules

The deadly crash involving a Walmart tractor trailer and several other vehicles that injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan and others has triggered a backlash against Congressional efforts to relax Hours-of-Service rules mandating how many hours per day commercial truck drivers can work. Just two days before Saturday’s crash on the New Jersey turnpike, a Senate committee voted to suspend tougher hours-of-service regulations passed just last year. The tightened regulations were part of an effort to reverse a trend of escalating commercial truck crashes and fatalities that began in 2009, most of which are linked to driver fatigue. Opposition to the suspension ... Read More

Walmart driver faces criminal charges, lawsuit for crash that injured comedian, actor Tracy Morgan

A Walmart truck driver blamed for causing a New Jersey crash Saturday that killed one man and injured four others including actor/comedian Tracy Morgan faces multiple criminal charges in connection with the crash. Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was driving a Walmart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike when his truck smashed into a limousine van carrying Mr. Morgan and other comedians. New Jersey State Police told the Associated Press Mr. Roper failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him and swerved to avoid a collision, causing him to slam into Mr. Morgan’s van, which flipped upside ... Read More

Seven killed in southwestern New Mexico pileup, tractor trailer rig fire on I-10

Authorities investigating a deadly multi-vehicle crash in southwestern New Mexico Friday that killed seven people and ignited a tractor trailer rig fire said that a violent storm system in the area may have contributed to the pileup. The crash occurred on I-10 ten miles east of the Arizona border at 5:30 p.m., about the same time high winds were reported across southern New Mexico. A storm of thick, blowing dust may have reduced visibility severely in the area of the crash. Some parts of southern New Mexico reported winds of more than 60 mph Friday. A witness who was traveling ... Read More

Tractor trailer collision on I-65 near Mobile kills one

Two tractor trailers collided on an I-65 bridge in South Alabama Thursday afternoon, igniting a giant fire and killing one of the truck drivers. Alabama Department of Transportation officials said that the northbound stretch of the W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge could remain closed through Sunday, potentially disrupting travel plans for thousands of motorists on the holiday weekend. The agency encouraged travelers to find alternate routes for holiday travel. The Wilson bridge spans the Mobile-Tensaw Delta near the town of Stockton in Mobile County and is known locally as the “Dolly Parton” bridge for its giant twin arches. The Alabama Department ... Read More

Truck driver in deadly California tour bus crash had safety violations, expired registration

The driver of a truck that spilled its load of metal pipes onto a California highway early Wednesday morning, killing four tour bus passengers and injuring several others, was operating with a blemished safety record and an expired registration, the Orange County Register reported Thursday. Driver Victor Esteban Galvan, the owner-operator of VG Transport, which he runs out of his Rialto, Calif., home, had hours-of-service violations for driving more than eight hours without taking a break and an expired medical certificate. Registration for the tractor trailer he was driving at the time of the crash had expired in January, according ... Read More

Four killed in Southern California bus crash after tractor trailer spilled cargo

Four people were killed and about two dozen others injured after a tour bus crashed on I-10 in Southern California near the Arizona border. California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities reported that a tractor trailer hauling metal pipes jackknifed around 2 a.m. Wednesday near Blythe, Calif., throwing the cargo off of the truck and into the opposite traffic lanes where the tour bus was traveling. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, but all of the fatalities were bus passengers. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people outside the bus were injured. The tour bus was carrying 32 people. One ... Read More

Texas trucking company shut down for regulatory noncompliance and high crash rate

Federal transportation regulators ordered a Texas-based commercial trucking firm to cease all its operations immediately, deeming the carrier and its operations an “imminent hazard to public safety” for its failure to comply with hours-of service rules and drug and alcohol regulations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Forest Hill-based FTW Transport’s “significant and serious noncompliance with Federal motor carrier safety regulations” poses substantial risks that increase “the likelihood of serious injury or death if not discontinued immediately.” FMCSA officials say FTW was involved in five crashes in the last 12 months, and that all of those crashes ... Read More

Electronic regulating systems help commercial trucking firms police driver behavior

Commercial fleet owners and managers are turning to mobile management systems that identify and record high-risk driving behaviors, issue instant warnings to drivers, and send email alerts to managers in an effort to improve the safety of their trucks on the road. The technology is allowing trucking firms to improve driver behavior and reduce the risk of potentially deadly and costly crashes. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) 2011 crash data, speeding was a leading cause of 23 percent of all commercial truck crashes. Aggressive driving and following too closely are also significant crash causes, representing 5 ... Read More

Tour bus collision with tractor trailer kills one, injures several others in Vermont

WEST HAVEN, Vt. —A tour bus collided head-on with a tractor trailer in central Vermont Friday night, killing the driver of the bus and injuring several others, including several passengers and the driver of the truck. Vermont State Police said that the tractor trailer, belonging to JP Logistics, was traveling on state Route 22A in West Haven near the New York border when it jackknifed at the bottom of a long hill and came to a stop in the road. A tour bus operated by New Jersey-based Triple D Travel crested the hill shortly afterward, lost control, and crashed into the ... Read More