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Commercial Truck Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes Tractor Trailer Into Parked Vehicles

A commercial truck driver who crashed his tractor trailer into about a dozen parked cars in Long Beach, Calif., early Thursday morning said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. The crash occurred around 1 a.m. on the 3300 block of Santa Fe Ave. between West Willow St. and 34th St., a stretch of street across from an industrial yard that residents say is busy and prone to accidents anyway. Add to that a commercial trucker falling asleep behind the wheel of a semi and the results can be disastrous. Most people were inside at that time of the morning so ... Read More

Kentucky Truck Driver Deemed Hazardous To Public, Ordered Out of Service

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a Kentucky truck driver to immediately cease operating any commercial vehicle after a roadside inspection turned up serious violations that posed “an imminent threat to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that Kentucky State Police pulled William R. Eichhorn’s commercial tractor trailer over for a roadside inspection in Laurel County, Ky. While standing on the steps of the trucks, a state police officer noticed a woman seated on the passenger side of the vehicle, but Mr. Eichhorn did not have the carrier’s written authorization allowing him to transport passengers, as federal rules ... Read More

Profits Driving Hours-of-Service Rollback, Safety Takes a Back Seat

Putting business profits above public safety is the root of the problem with new measures being pushed through Congress that roll back hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers to their 2011 form, allowing trucking companies to impose longer work days and driving shifts on drivers. The unsafe provisions, which have been attached to the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill by legislators in the pocket of trucking industry lobbyists, raise the number of hours drivers are permitted to drive each week from 60 to 73, plus an additional 10 hours of non-driving work, such as ... Read More

Distraction Or Fatigue Possibly Caused Deadly N.C. Multi-Vehicle Crash

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State Troopers investigating a deadly crash involving two trucks and a minivan said “distractions or fatigue” likely played a role in the March 22 crash, which killed a Wake Forest High School teacher. The multi-vehicle crash occurred when a dump truck driven by Donald Wayne Caulder, 29, rammed into the back of Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Michelle Simone Barlow, 42. The impact pushed the Sienna into the back of a tractor trailer that had slowed in front of it. The News & Observer reported that the minivan was crushed “almost beyond recognition.” Ms. Barlow, ... Read More

Canadian Truck Driver Barred From Operating In U.S. After Multiple Violations In Four Days

Federal safety authorities have deemed a Canadian truck driver to be “an imminent hazard to public safety” and barred him from operating a commercial vehicle in the U.S. following a series of incidents including “dangerous and erratic operation” of a truck, falsifying records, and other offenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Inderjit Singh Gill, who holds a Class A commercial driver’s license issued in Ontario, Canada, was stopped by U.S. authorities on four separate occasions in as many days last month, starting on March 4 when roadside safety inspectors pulled him out of service for falsifying ... Read More

Trucker Fired For Refusing To Drive Illegally Awarded $55,000 In Lost Wages and Damages

Federal safety regulators have ordered an Iowa company to pay a former commercial driver $55,000 in back wages and damages for firing him after he refused to drive a tractor-trailer truck that had been pulled out of service for safety reasons. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that Jake Rieger Farms, a Nebraska company, violated federal whistleblower protections that shield workers from retaliation when they complain about matters of personal safety or refuse to work under unsafe conditions. OSHA said that on Jan. 16, 2015, Iowa commercial motor vehicle enforcement stopped and ticketed the driver of a ... Read More

FMCSA Proposes Basic Training Requirements For All Commercial Drivers

Federal safety regulators have proposed a set of comprehensive training requirements for entry-level commercial truck and bus drivers seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The new rule would make commercial driving students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories undergo mandatory, comprehensive training. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the first step in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s plan to set national requirements for commercial drivers in training. The next phase will seek public comment on the proposed rules. Under the proposal, applicants seeking a “Class A” CDL, which is necessary for operating ... Read More

Notorious 11foot8 Bridge Devours Its First Truck of 2016

The website 11foot8.com has captured video of yet another truck getting its top sheared off as it drives under a notoriously low bridge in Durham, N.C. The truck was the 102nd since the website’s operator first began filming the crashes eight years ago. The bridge, located in the Brightleaf section of downtown Durham near the Durham Amtrak station, was built in the days before federal and state rules required minimum clearances. The trestle supports a train track and bears a large warning sign along its span that flashes when approaching vehicles are taller than 11’ 8”. Signs on either side ... Read More

Truck Driver Barred From Road For Poor Health, HOS Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday that it is revoking the commercial driver’s license of a Minnesota truck driver who the agency says poses an imminent hazard to public safety for medical reasons. The FMCSA said that John Ray Carpenter, a licensed commercial truck driver and chief executive officer at Carpenter Brothers Services, Inc. of Hibbing, Minn., is “medically unqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle” and was served a notice barring him from operating a commercial motor vehicle in Minnesota as well as outside of the state. According to the agency, Mr. Carpenter was driving a ... Read More

Truck driver gets $33,000 in whistleblower retaliation settlement

An Illinois truck driver who was fired the morning after he filed a whistleblower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging unsafe working conditions will receive $33,000 as part of settlement agreement with his employers. According to OSHA, on July 26, 2011, the driver had hauled a load of leachate waste water from the Perry Ridge Landfill Inc. to the City of Du Quoin, Illinois’ water treatment facility when he slipped atop the trailer as he was transferring the fluids. The accident prompted him to file a complaint with OSHA over job-related safety concerns that same day. ... Read More