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New Safety Rules Take effect Following Deadly NYC Crane Collapse

New York City officials tightened safety rules governing the safe operation of crawler cranes after a 565-foot crane fell and crashed onto a lower Manhattan Street Feb. 5, killing one person, injuring several others, and smashing several vehicles. The changes, which took effect Feb. 8, are considered temporary but will remain in place until a more thorough analysis of the NYC crane collapse has been completed. Currently, cranes in New York City may continue to operate until winds reach 30 mph or gusts increase to 40 mph. The new rules require that crawler cranes stop operating and go into safety ... 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

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan’s crash injuries on his failure to use a seatbelt

In response to comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart blaming it for the six-vehicle crash that left him and others critically injured and one man dead, the retail giant said Monday that Mr. Morgan and the others failed to use their seatbelts properly. According to court documents filed in a New Jersey federal court, Mr. Morgan’s injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Mr. Morgan, still recovering from the June 7 crash, was traveling from Delaware to New York in a limousine van with his assistant Jeffrey ... Read More

Tractor trailer, bus crash kills four college softball players in Texas

Four college softball players are dead and at least 15 others injured after a tractor trailer veered across the median of a Texas interstate Friday and collided with a bus carrying the North Central Texas College women’s softball team. The crash occurred on Interstate 35 near the Oklahoma-Texas border around 9 p.m. Friday as the bus was headed back to Gainesville, Texas, after a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. Oklahoma authorities investigating the crash told the Associated Press that “right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide.” “Something happened to cause [the tractor trailer] to depart the ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

Feds shut down Indiana commercial truck company after deadly crash, noncooperation

Federal authorities have shut down a Michigan City, Indiana-based commercial trucking operation for failing to comply with an investigation of the carrier’s compliance with federal safety regulations following a deadly July 21 crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it has suspended the operating authority of Francisco Espinal Quiroz, a commercial truck driver who does business as Espinal Trucking after a representative of Espinal Trucking denied federal safety regulators access to the company records. Mr. Espinal, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., was driving a semi-truck on Interstate 55 in the Chicago area when he collided full-speed with a ... Read More

Fuel tanker cut off by car overturns and explodes on I-10 in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The driver of a loaded commercial tanker truck that overturned and burst into flames on Interstate 10 in New Orleans Tuesday said she lost control of the vehicle after a passenger car cut her off. The 24-year-old tank truck driver told investigators that she was merging onto I-10 east from I-510 around 4:30 p.m. when a car abruptly moved into her lane, causing her to swerve to avoid colliding with the vehicle. The near-collision caused the 18-wheeler, which was hauling about 8,600 gallons of fuel, to overturn and burst into flames. A New Orleans Fire Department ... Read More

Long hours, fatigue made deadly Arizona fuel truck crash inevitable, whistleblower says

Arizona officials investigating the deadly August 1 crash of an asphalt oil truck in North Phoenix said that driver fatigue was to blame, and a whistleblower has bolstered those findings with claims that Cactus Transport forces its drivers to work dangerously long driving shifts without a break. Witnesses told investigators that they noticed the oil tanker swerving in the southbound lanes on Interstate 17 just before 5 a.m. The truck then ran onto the median, struck a sign post, and rolled over. The driver of the truck was killed. No other vehicles were involved, but the crash ruptured the tank ... Read More