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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

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

Seafood fraud harms consumers, honest businesses, and the environment

Seafood fraud is rampant in the U.S. according to an extensive two-year scientific study led by the conservation group Oceana, but almost nothing has been done to curb the problem until now. Recognizing the special threats that seafood fraud poses, some states have started taking measures to crack down on fraudulent seafood labeling and selling. According to Oceana, one-third of more than 1,200 seafood samples it collected nationwide and sampled for the study were confirmed through DNA testing to be mislabeled. Samples sold as snapper and tuna accounted for the most fraudulently mislabeled types of seafood. In fact, only seven ... 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

Mexican trucking company ousted from cross-border program for numerous safety violations

Federal transportation authorities have banned a Mexican trucking company from operating in the U.S. after finding the carrier had failed to abide by U.S. rules governing commercial transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of Sergio Tristan Maldonaldo, doing business as Tristan Transfer, on Jan. 23 after giving it a conditional rating during a Dec. 20 compliance review and placing the company on a 30-day probationary period. The company, based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, operates two trucks with five drivers. At the end of the period, U.S. authorities found the carrier had failed to ... Read More

Bus driver loses appeal to overturn sentence in wake of deadly crash

RICHMOND, Va. – An appeals court Tuesday upheld the convictions of a former low-fare bus driver who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others. A Virginia court convicted driver Kin Yiu Cheung in January 2013 on four counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced him to serve 40 years in prison with 34 years of the sentence suspended. Mr. Cheung immediately appealed the six-year sentence, arguing that prosecutors had failed to prove he demonstrated a reckless disregard for human life. The Virginia Court of Appeals rejected Mr. Cheung’s claim. Mr. Cheung was ... Read More

Army women’s basketball team members injured in tractor trailer-bus collision

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Penn. –Several members of the Army women’s basketball team were injured when a tractor trailer crashed into the back of the charter bus they were riding in Wednesday afternoon. Authorities investigating the crash said they do not know what caused the truck to hit the bus from behind, but said that engine problems had caused the bus to travel at a slow speed along the shoulder of Route 33 in Bethlehem Township when the tractor trailer hit it from behind. The driver of the truck was identified as Alton D. Spight, 54, of Blue Mountain, Miss. Authorities said ... Read More

New rule subjects commercial carriers to tougher penalties for safety noncompliance

A new rule published in the Federal Register Jan. 22 enables the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to suspend or revoke the operating authority registration of any commercial motor carrier that has demonstrated a pattern of “egregious disregard for safety compliance.” The new rule, which becomes effective Feb. 21, is also designed to prevent persons who have displayed a habitual disregard for U.S. safety rules from exercising a “controlling influence” over a motor carrier company’s operations, and from operating multiple entities in an effort to conceal noncompliance with safety rules. The FMCSA, which the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ... Read More