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Tractor-Trailer Veers off Interstate, Crashes Into Missouri Troopers

Two Missouri Highway State Patrol troopers are recovering from injuries they suffered when a tractor-trailer veered onto the shoulder of an interstate in St. Louis County and struck their cruisers. Missouri Highway State Patrol trooper Al Nothum told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that crash investigators haven’t determined why the commercial truck driver lost control of the vehicle and plowed into the idling cruisers. The truck, with a CR England logo on the trailer, overturned after the collision. Trooper Nothum told Fox News 2 that the troopers, Michael Broniec, 50, and Derek Mason, 31, pulled far off the highway onto the ... 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

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

NTSB safety officials want mandatory collision-avoidance systems in all vehicles

Federal safety officials are pushing the U.S. government to make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in all cars and trucks, saying that the technology exists and is accessible, but it won’t reach its full potential to save hundreds of lives and spare thousands more from crash injuries until it becomes as common as air bags and seat belts. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 35,000 people die on U.S. roads and highways every year. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials say that many of those fatalities could become a thing of the past if all vehicles had crash avoidance ... Read More