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- 2 days, 4 hours ago
Dallas, TX – On Friday at the Great American Trucking Show, top officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hosted the first of two public listening sessions regarding the Agency’s recent proposedSee MoreHide
Dallas, TX - On Friday at the Great American Trucking Show, top officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hosted the first of two public listening sessions regarding the Agency's recent proposed reforms to the hours of service (HOS) rule.FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez, along with his top deputies on policy and safety, heard approximately 2 hours of comments from concerned stakeholders about the new proposal.Martinez said the comment portion of the current Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS is at an "important stage."
"We understand the impact that this has," he said. "We are taking it seriously."
He urged stakeholders not to sit this one out and implored everyone to submit a public comment.
"Don’t give up because of the length of this process," Martinez stated. "We need to hear from you."
Rich McCormick, an owner operator of 25 years, offered his comments saying, "I really like a lot of the things in the new proposals. I think it is going to help to have more flexibility."Still, others in attendance Transportation Nation Network (TNN) spoke with expressed pessimism the proposed changes would actually make conditions better for drivers.
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A notable moment in today's session came when founder of the Real Women in Trucking Organization, Desiree Wood, presented the FMCSA leaders with a petition with 900 signatures asking the Agency to take "immediate action" to combat sexual harassment in the entry level driver training process.
"You guys need to look at this and see what you can do immediately, not after a comment collection," Wood said. "The world is a different place today. We need to stop enabling and wake up and do something."Martinez responded to Wood by acknowledging harassment in the trucking industry is "troubling" and inviting her to meet with he and his team in Washington in the near future.
Concerning TurnoutSome in attendance expressed concern over the number of people who did (or didn't) attend the listening session.Part of the reason some are pointing to is the fact the FMCSA only announced the listening session earlier this week giving people less than a week's notice.President of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) James Lamb expressed his concerns to TNN this week about the Agency's lack of a "sufficient" notice."With just three days notice, how in the world does the FMCSA expect a truck driver to find out about the listening session, prepare his views, and drive all the way across the country to attend an HOS Listening Session without violating HOS rules," Lamb asked.
The next public listening session on the topic will be held in Washington D.C. in September.The date is yet to be determined.Stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for the latest on this and all your trucking news.
- 2 days, 9 hours agoSee MoreHide
Memphis, TN - A Tennessee trucker has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a freight dock manager at a furniture store earlier this year.Shelby County prosecutors said Thursday that 53-year-old trucker Timothy Saunders is being held without bond on criminal court charges in the May slaying of 41-year-old Thomas Hartman.Investigators said Saunders became enraged in a heated dispute with Hartman, store manager for American Freight Furniture on Highway 64, around 12:30 p.m. on May 9.
The two men allegedly argued over how to best load the semi-trailer.As the verbal confrontation intensified, police said Saunders left for a short time, then returned, and the two men once again continued arguing.According to the arrest affidavit, that’s when Saunders pulled out a black handgun and shot Hartman in the face killing him.Saunders then left the scene in a red tractor-trailer, according to investigators, but was apprehended a short time later nearby at U.S. Highway 64 and Interstate 40. Officials said the two men knew each other prior to the fatal incident, but did not say if they had a history of disputes.Saunders is also a veteran of the police force.The Clarksville Police Department in Clarksville, TN confirmed Saunders retired in 2017 after 27 years of service.A public defender has been assigned to Saunders' case in general sessions court.Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow this ongoing investigation.
Las Vegas, NV – A truck driver hauling for FedEx Ground was struck and killed Thursday night after stopping to lend assistance to a motorist whose car was on fire along Las Vegas Boulevard.
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Las Vegas, NV - A truck driver hauling for FedEx Ground was struck and killed Thursday night after stopping to lend assistance to a motorist whose car was on fire along Las Vegas Boulevard.According to the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) the accident occurred at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Via Inspirada.Investigators said a 1993 Chevrolet Corvette was disabled and parked in the dirt shoulder when it caught fire.
A FedEx tractor-trailer was heading south when the driver saw the fire and pulled onto the shoulder.The 58-year-old FedEx driver exited the truck with a fire extinguisher in hand.He was fatally hit by a fully loaded mixer truck as he crossed the road, according to NHP.His identity has not yet been released.The driver of the mixer truck stayed at the scene, and impairment does not appear to be a factor, NHP said.
#breaking Fatal Crash Investigation on LV Blvd and Via Inspirada. 3 vehicles involved, 1 confirmed deceased. LV Blvd is closed in both directions, PIO enroute. #drivesafenv #buckleup #drivesober #nhpsocomm— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) August 23, 2019
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- 3 days, 13 hours ago
Lexington, SC – A Georgia woman’s car theft spree ended in tragic fashion after police say she attempted to jump onto the hood of a semi-truck traveling along I-20 on Tuesday.
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Lexington, SC - A Georgia woman's car theft spree ended in tragic fashion after police say she attempted to jump onto the hood of a semi-truck traveling along I-20 on Tuesday.According to Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (LCSD), 19-year-old Maliyah Smith, of East Point, GA, first stole a car in Georgia and traveled into Lexington County where that car broke down.As Smith was parked along the shoulder of I-20 east, investigators say a Good Samaritan stopped to provide her assistance.
Myrick said Smith then stole the Good Samaritan's vehicle and drove away continuing along eastbound I-20 where she soon collided into numerous vehicles.The crash was reported near mile marker 59 at approximately 11 a.m.Myrick said another person came to check on Smith after the accident when Smith attempted to swipe that person's car.However, this time she was unable because she could not drive a manual transmission, investigators said.According to South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper David Jones, Smith then chose to flee on foot. Jones said she ran into the roadway and attempted to jump onto the hood of a passing semi.However, she rolled off the hood and was crushed underneath the rear wheels of the truck, Jones said.According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Smith also sustained injuries from being run over by the semi-trailer wheels.Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene and Smith was transported to a nearby hospital, but eventually succumbed to her injuries.The LCSD is investigating the stolen vehicles, and highway patrol is investigating the collisions, a statement said.
Photo courtesy Maliyah Smith Funeral Expenses / GoFundMe Page
- 4 days, 1 hour ago
Oxford Township, PA – Police say a trucker who was fired from his job on Tuesday drove to his former place of employment early Wednesday morning and fatally shot his former boss, before turning the gun on himself.
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Oxford Township, PA - Police say a trucker who was fired from his job on Tuesday drove to his former place of employment early Wednesday morning and fatally shot his former boss, before turning the gun on himself.The Eastern Adams Regional Police Department (EAPD) said in a statement they responded to an incident at Plainville Farms Distribution Center in Oxford Township just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call that shots had been fired.Upon arrival to Plainville Farms, police located two bodies "lying between two parked cars in the parking lot."
A preliminary investigation at the scene determined the shooter was 75-year-old Phillip Michael Hughes from Marshville, NC.Hughes, a former independent contractor with Plainville, exited a mini-van at approximately 5:20 a.m. and shot Plainville Farms transportation supervisor, John Frey, 58 of York, as Frey was arriving to work.After shooting Frey twice in the head at point blank range, Hughes turned the Smith & Wesson 5-shot Chief's Special on himself and took his own life with a single shot under his chin.Police found two live rounds and three spent rounds, along with five additional live rounds in Hughes's front pocket.The shooting took place in the employee lot, which is adjacent to the company loading docks, according to EAPD. Plainville Farms gave no public explanation regarding Hughes's termination on Tuesday, but administered the following statement:
The Plainville Farms family experienced a terrible, senseless tragedy at our Distribution Center in New Oxford early this morning. Plainville Farms is working closely with law enforcement in their investigation of this fatal incident that involved a manager at Plainville and an independent contractor.Plainville Farms is a family and we are in mourning. Counseling will be provided to all of our employees to help with the healing process. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been affected by this tragedy.Eastern Adams Police Chief Francis Staab called Hughes a "disgruntled former employee" who was "waiting and stalking" for Frey to come into work.
Friends of Hughes have taken to social media calling the news "very shocking," saying he was "one of the nicest guys."The post regarding the incident on the EAPD Facebook page has several responses from people claiming to have knowledge of why Hughes was terminated alleging Hughes had been "stealing from the company for many years."Allegations state Hughes was caught "stealing red handed," and confronted on Tuesday.Transportation Nation Network has not confirmed these assertions with Plainville representatives, but will continue to monitor the investigation.The tragedy has been classified as a murder-suicide.
- 4 days, 2 hours ago
UPDATE: Truck driver Kenneth Zehnder, 34, of Lexington, Michigan, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is now being held in Stearns County, according to a new criminal complaint.
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UPDATE: Truck driver Kenneth Zehnder, 34, of Lexington, Michigan, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is now being held in Stearns County, according to a new criminal complaint.The alleged victim is described as a 15-year-old female.According to officials, the girl indicated Zehnder raped her multiple times over the course of about a week.
The teen said Zehnder raped her Monday while she was sleeping after he parked at a rest stop between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
She texted 911 in Otter Tail County to report the alleged assaults at approximately 10:30 a.m. the same day.
Satellite data from Zehnder’s employer and the semi's travel logs pinpointed the spot where the teen was raped as an I-94 rest area in Avon Township, according to authorities.Investigators say this is not the first time Zehnder has been in trouble with the law.Numerous local news outlets are reporting that in 2003 Zehnder was arrested in Michigan and was charged and pleaded guilty to manslaughter with intent, but without malice.
According to the reports, Zehnder spent six years in prison and ended parole in 2011.Bail for Zehnder in this case was set at $100,000.His next court hearing is August 29th.He is facing 30 years in prison if convicted.WATCH more below courtesy of ValleyNewsLive.com. (Original Report)Minneapolis, MN - A truck driver is in police custody after a teenager traveling with him claimed to authorities she was sexually assaulted in his semi-truck.According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the alleged victim began texting to 911 just before 10:30 a.m. Monday.She was inside the tractor-trailer operating westbound on Interstate 94. Officials said the girl gave police a description of the big rig and Minnesota State Patrol troopers and deputies with the Ottertail County Sheriff’s Office began searching for the tractor-trailer.Authorities were able to locate the vehicle on the interstate near the town of Downer, which is about 20 miles outside of Fargo.Police pulled the big rig over and took the driver into custody.He is being held at the Clay County Correctional Center, according to CCSO.The alleged victim was transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities have not released the identities of those involved.The semi-truck has reportedly been impounded.Further, the alleged attack was claimed to have taken place in Stearns County so the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow any new developments in the case.
- 4 days, 6 hours ago
Holland, NY – Officials are investigating the cause of a massive fire on Tuesday night at a trucking company in Holland.
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Holland, NY - Officials are investigating the cause of a massive fire on Tuesday night at a trucking company in Holland.According to the Holland Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD), at least 14 semi-trucks were set ablaze on Tuesday night at Draper Trucking Company located at 400 N. Main Street.Local news outlets reported witnesses could see the large billows of smoke for miles after a garage caught fire that spread.
The Holland Fire Chief said crews were called to the scene at approximately 5:3o p.m.Numerous explosions were reported which the chief said were likely the semi-trucks' gas tanks and tires.According to numerous news outlets, the devastation is being described as "a total loss."Fire crews battled the inferno for an hour and were able to prevent a larger explosion from happening as a large gas tank was located nearby, according to the fire chief.A total of eighteen fire departments from around the area reportedly responded to fight the blaze, including the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Draper Trucking operates 16 power units and employs 16 drivers.It's vehicle and driver inspection record along with its accident history in the last 24 months is almost pristine.Investigators have not yet revealed what is believed to have caused the fire.The investigation led by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.WATCH more from the scene below courtesy of WKBW TV/YouTube.
- 4 days, 7 hours ago
Dallas, TX – Trucker advocacy group, TruckerNation, will be hosting a comment drive during this week’s Great American Truck Show in Dallas hoping to encourage more trucker’s to get involved in the regulatory process.
Dallas, TX - Trucker advocacy group, TruckerNation, will be hosting a comment drive during this week's Great American Truck Show in Dallas hoping to encourage more trucker's to get involved in the regulatory process.During each day of the show from August 22-24, TruckerNation will be set up in both the main lobby and booth 2815 where they will have available all the resources stakeholders may need to make a public comment on any of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) open federal dockets.
Andrea Marks, Director of Communications with TruckerNation, told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the comment drive is "an effort to encourage drivers to leverage their voices and have a direct impact on regulatory change."TruckerNation will have laptops available for anyone who wants to make a comment via regulations.gov, pre addressed and stamped envelopes for those that might wish to mail in a comment, pre printed fax cover sheets to aid in faxing in comments, and tips for making comments at public listening sessions."We wanted to remove as many barriers as possible that may prevent a driver from speaking up," Marks said.
Additionally, TruckerNation also provides the industry’s only set of how-to guides that are tailored specifically to each federal docket, according to Marks."We extract all the pertinent information from the federal docket and put it all in one easy to read and easy to access place. We are confident that more stakeholders are likely to participate in public comment periods if they were simply educated on the process and given resources to assist them in being successful," she commented.
Marks is hoping that with the recent announcement of the FMCSA's proposed changes to the hours of service rule, more truckers will get involved and sound off through the regulatory process instead of just on social media or at truck stops."We hope that making this public commenting opportunity available to drivers that we can get some good quality comments on the docket and show them how easy it can be to get involved," Marks said.She hopes drivers will stop by at any time below to make a comment.Main Lobby:Thursday 12:00 - 4:00 PMSaturday 9:00 AM -12:00 PMShow floor booth 2815:Thursday 3:00 to 5:00 PMFriday 12:30 - 4:00 PMSaturday 1:00 - 4:00 PM
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Jefferson City, MO – Autonomous trucks are here and present unique dangers to the motoring public, as well as many middle class jobs, that was the message delivered on Tuesday at a rally held inside the capitol rotunda in JSee MoreHide
Jefferson City, MO - Autonomous trucks are here and present unique dangers to the motoring public, as well as many middle class jobs, that was the message delivered on Tuesday at a rally held inside the capitol rotunda in Jefferson City.The event known as the Jefferson City Parked Protest was attended by a few dozen people and organized by Golden City, MO-trucker Bill Bogar.Bogar, who has been an owner operator for about 20 years, spoke with Transportation Nation Network (TNN) about why he organized the protest and what he hopes to accomplish moving forward.
"We are facing annihilation," Bogar said. "Autonomous trucks are right on top of us right now."
Bogar fears automated driving systems could replace many driving jobs in the very near future.
"This is going to be the devastation of millions of jobs across the country. It’s very disturbing."He said he knows skeptics will criticize him and accuse him of fear-mongering, but he said automation is already happening.
"I’ve got robots loading my trucks once a month."He also pointed to current Notices of Proposed Rulemaking by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) that would speed the deployment of automated driving systems in the commercial trucking industry.
Further, he cited state lawmakers in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and many others, who have passed legislation to woo autonomous technology makers to their states.He contends its all about securing federal grant money."The federal government is throwing so much money at it that the states are falling all over themselves," he asserted.
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Bogar also envisions the day when trucking companies will gladly replace drivers with robots all in the name of profit.
"There is a fortune to be made if you eliminate the driver from the truck. It’s going to be all a corporate system," he told TNN.
"So much greed and corruption is never ending in the trucking industry. They don’t want to deal with things the way the drivers want to deal with them. They don’t want to train drivers properly," he asserted.
What's worse, according to Bogar, its beginning to happen "right under our noses" but the public has no idea.
"Every reporter we talked to, none of them even thought a driverless truck would be driving down the road."Missouri state representative Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, has joined the cause.Moon and his team, in consultation with Bogar, are currently drafting legislation that would effectively ban the use of autonomous trucks in Missouri without a commercially licensed driver behind-the-wheel.
"An all out ban is the fastest way to make the bill fail. Our argument is to have a driver behind-the-wheel at all times and to make it optional for the driver to use autonomous tech or not," Bogar said.The legislation is expected to be completed in October and introduced early next year.
While Bogar admits it is going to be an uphill battle, he hopes others will join the cause.Similar events in Mississippi, Indiana and other states are also being discussed, Bogar said.He said he is hopeful to continue to "inform the public" about what is happening.He also hopes Tuesday's Jefferson City Parked Protest will serve as a learning experience in order to have "bigger, better events" in the future.If you are interested in learning more about this developing movement, Bogar invites you to visit the Jefferson City Parked Protest Facebook page HERE.
Photos courtesy of Bill Bogar/Jefferson City Parked Protest/Facebook
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- 4 days, 16 hours ago
Houston, TX – The family of a truck driver who was discovered dead inside his semi-truck earlier this month is pleading for answers about what happened.
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Houston, TX - The family of a truck driver who was discovered dead inside his semi-truck earlier this month is pleading for answers about what happened.A Transportation Nation Network (TNN) investigation has confirmed the body of a 48-year-old trucker, who authorities said was “in an advanced state of decomposition” when he was found on August 3, as Allen Miller, of Many, LA.Investigators said Miller was found deceased inside his truck more than four days after he last had contact with his trucking company.
Miller departed Laredo, TX with a load of frozen meat bound for Houston on Monday, July 29.The rig was discovered on August 3 parked along the side of the road in the area of 175 McCarty Road and its load stolen.
Michele Arnold, Public Information Manager at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, told TNN this week that the manner of death in this case has not yet been determined."Some cases are very clear and some cases are mysteries," Arnold said.While Arnold stopped short of confirming a homicide investigation was ongoing, she did concede the circumstances of Miller's death could be suspicious.She directed us to the Houston Police Department (HPD) for more information.
Shortly after Miller was discovered, the HPD asked the public to contact its Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 with any information.We have reached out repeatedly to HPD and have yet to get a response.Miller's mother, Linda, is a resident of Houston and told TNN in an exclusive interview that the HPD is not talking to her about the case either.
"I have not spoken to the police," she said. "They refuse to return our phone calls."In fact, Linda revealed she learned more about her son's death from articles published by TNN and the Houston Chronicle than from the police.She is pleading for answers, but so far, none have been provided.
"I still don’t know how or why he died."
The details police have provided thus far, she said, do not add up.According to Linda, Miller was an experienced trucker of more than fifteen years, so he knew better than to park in an area of town that is known to be trouble.
"I don’t believe my son would park his eighteen-wheeler in that area on the shoulder of the road," she confidently said.
Further investigation into Miller's background reveals he had been in and out of prison on drug-related charges.Linda acknowledged Miller struggled with the addiction and would sometimes "binge on them."
Was Miller's death a result of an overdose or a perhaps a drug deal turned violent?Maybe it was of natural causes?Linda indicated Miller was diagnosed with a heart ailment when he was 19-years-old.He was also a smoker."Maybe his body just gave out," Linda questioned.In any case, Linda says her days are now filled with the pain of not knowing what happened to her youngest of two sons.
"I sit here and I wonder," she said.However, she wants her son to be remembered as a good man who worked hard.
"He was a loving person. He was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off of his back," she commented.
Miller also enjoyed being a trucker.
"Allen loved driving," she fondly recalled.Arnold indicated toxicology results are still pending and determining the manner of death could take months.Until then, Linda and her family will painfully wait and wonder.TNN will continue to follow this case.
Photo courtesy of Linda Miller
- 4 days, 23 hours ago
Cranston, RI – A trucker from Texas was arrested in Cranston early Monday morning after allegedly threatening to shoot passersby outside of a bar.
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Cranston, RI - A trucker from Texas was arrested in Cranston early Monday morning after allegedly threatening to shoot passersby outside of a bar.In a media release, the Cranston Police Department (CPD) said they received a call just after 2 a.m. on Monday reporting a truck driver was threatening to shoot people on bicycles on Niantic Avenue.The caller stated the trucker threatened to shoot him as well.
CPD responded to the scene and said they located 28-year-old Thomas Pierre from Killeen, TX inside a nearby tractor-trailer parked on Navaho Street.Local news outlet WPRI reported Pierre refused to give officers his name and claimed the truck was not his.Pierre's truck was searched and officers found a copy of Pierre's commercial driver's license.They also located a Glock .45 caliber and a Taurus .40 caliber, along with approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, authorities say.Police say one of the guns was loaded, though they did not specify which one. Officers learned Pierre had been inside a local bar, the Zona Lounge, and was intoxicated.The trucker was arrested and charged with carrying firearms without proper permits, carrying a weapon while under the influence, and obstructing an officer in the execution of duty.Pierre was arraigned in court Monday morning, where a judge granted him $5,000 bail with surety.
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- 5 days, 3 hours ago
Indianapolis, IN – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a Florida trucker on Monday for making threatening statements about carrying out a mass shooting at a church in Memphis.
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Indianapolis, IN - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested a Florida trucker on Monday for making threatening statements about carrying out a mass shooting at a church in Memphis.An affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern Alabama (USDCSA) says 38-year-old Thomas Matthew McVicker made "credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide," at an unnamed church in Memphis, which was planned for Thursday, August 22.The FBI says McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis on Monday, before he could carry out the threatened attacks.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indianapolis said the arrest records are sealed and declined to comment about McVicker.The unsealed affidavit from USDCSA stated a female friend of McVicker's from Alabama contacted FBI officers in Florida on August 12 with information that McVicker had been considering "shooting a church up" or "killing people on the street," before committing suicide."I was thinking about shooting a church up but I am afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after I'm gone," McVicker texted to his friend on August 9.He also texted, “So I think I’m just gonna kill some people on the street and get away with it then kill myself.” Court documents also allege that McVicker told a witness over the phone on August 14 that he planned "shoot up" a church in Memphis.The friend also informed the FBI the McVicker “intended to take his knife and slit the pastor’s throat," during Thursday's alleged planned attack.
No motive was stated, but McVicker's friend said he claimed “evil entities entered his body and are torturing him," according to the affidavit.The FBI's Tampa division conducted much of the investigation, and reached out to McVicker's mother and company, among others, following the initial tip, officials said.
The FBI confirmed with McVicker’s employer that he requested leave time Thursday, according to the affidavit.Authorities also say McVicker indicated in his time-off request that he would be in Memphis during that time.McVicker's Facebook page stated he began driving for Marten Transport in December 2018.The Associated Press reported McVicker's mother told the FBI he is under treatment for schizophrenia and "sometimes" uses cocaine and methamphetamine.She also said McVicker owns a Ruger P90 handgun, though it was not immediately clear if the handgun -- or any weapon -- was on McVicker at the time of his arrest. Court records reveal McVicker's driver's license was suspended in July 2015 after failing to pay a fine for a ticket received in Jefferson County, AL for "driving a truck in an improper lane."The fine for the ticket, which was issued in June 2014, was not paid until McVicker's license was suspended the following year.He was driving for Swift Transportation at the time, court documents say.McVicker listed Heartland Express as a previous employer on his social media account as well.
- 5 days, 6 hours ago
Columbus, IN – Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 2% month-over-month in July, according to new data from trucking industry analyst ACT ResearSee MoreHide
Columbus, IN – Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 2% month-over-month in July, according to new data from trucking industry analyst ACT Research.
The dip was the fourth consecutive sequential drop.
Additionally, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 22% decline compared to July 2018, as well as a year-to-date drop of 18%.
Other data released in ACT’s preliminary report included sequential comparisons for July 2019, which showed that average prices fell 4%, while average miles climbed 2%, and average age was up 4%.
According to Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research, “Used truck prices are the hottest topic in the industry right now.”
He continued, “Many dealers are experiencing significant softening in prices, but the erosion is not uniform.”
Tam added, “Depending on a host of factors, experiences vary and a few factors that impact prices include customer, equipment specifications, location, and vehicle condition.”
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- 5 days, 7 hours ago
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it will be hosting two upcoming listening sessions regarding its recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Hours of Service (HOS)See MoreHide
Washington D.C. - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it will be hosting two upcoming listening sessions regarding its recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Hours of Service (HOS) rule.In the announcement of the NPRM last week, the Agency said the proposed reforms will "provide greater flexibility for drivers who are subject to the HOS rules without adversely affecting safety."The agency said on Monday it will be hosting the first of two listening sessions on Friday, August 23 at the Great American Truck Show which is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S Griffin St., Dallas, TX.
Set to begin at 10 a.m., the FMCSA is encouraging interested persons to "present comments, views, and relevant research" on the newly proposed reforms.A subsequent listening session will be held in September 2019 at a time yet to be determined, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Media Center in Washington, D.C.All comments at both listening sessions will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA to consider.The sessions will also be webcast to allow those who are not able to attend an opportunity to watch.You may submit your comments HERE.Remember to include the Docket Number FMCSA-2018-248.
For more information on these listening sessions, click HERE.
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Coeur d’Alene, ID – The driver of a sedan that collided with a semi-trailer that became unhitched last Wednesday along US-95 has succumbed to his injuries.
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Coeur d’Alene, ID – The driver of a sedan that collided with a semi-trailer that became unhitched last Wednesday along US-95 has succumbed to his injuries.Nicholas Spooner, 25, of St. Maries passed away on Monday following the collision, his family reported.Spooner's family posted on social media he was taken into surgery around 7 a.m. on August 19, where his organs were harvested for donation.
It was known on Thursday of last week that Spooner would not recover from the injuries sustained in the accident.As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported last Wednesday, Spooner was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima in the northbound lane of US-95 around 8:15 a.m. on August 14 with his father, 59-year-old Timothy Spooner, in the passenger seat.According to the Idaho State Patrol (ISP), a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was negotiating a right-hand curve in the southbound lanes of US-95 when the trailer became unhitched and drifted into the northbound lane.The Wabash trailer collided head-on with the Altima near mile marker 426, authorities reported.Corporal Andy Hodl of the ISP told TNN the day of the accident that both men were “unconscious, but breathing” as they were extricated from the crumpled sedan. The trailer had to be jacked up in order to rescue the men from the sedan, Hodl said.Both Spooner men were transported to area hospitals in "very critical" condition.According to family social media accounts, Timothy was recently airlifted to Seattle and has undergone multiple surgeries on his arms, and additional surgeries are scheduled for his face.
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A family member said they are "not sure the total extent of the traumatic brain injury" suffered by Timothy.The driver of the Peterbilt, Wilbert Kahoonei, 56, of Puyallup, WA, and his passenger, Darnelle Kahoonei, 51, of Graham, WA, were uninjured in the accident.Hodl told TNN Kahoonei and the trucking company were "very cooperative" during the preliminary investigation.
ISP says the circumstances of the accident are still under investigation, but “it appears to have been caused by a major equipment failure on the part of the semi-truck," though ISP representatives have not ruled out a "freak accident."The truck and trailer was owned by Mergenthaler Transfer and Storage, headquartered in Helena, MT.Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows Mergenthaler has 230 drivers.The company’s vehicle inspection out of service percentage is in line with the industry average of 20%.You can read more about the accident HERE.TNN will continue to keep you updated on any new developments in this story.
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Knoxville, TN – Police say a trucker panicked before leaving a path of destruction at a hotel in Knoxville Sunday morning.
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Knoxville, TN - Police say a trucker panicked before leaving a path of destruction at a hotel in Knoxville Sunday morning.Police were called to the Rodeway Inn Hotel on Brakebill Road at approximately 4:30 a.m. after a semi-truck driver drove through the parking lot smashing cars, knocking over light poles and eventually bringing down the canopy hanging over the hotel's front entrance.According to investigators, Raul Medina, 34, of Kissimmee, Florida, was behind-the-wheel of the big rig and said he was tired and looking for a place to park when he pulled into the hotel parking lot.
Hotel guests who witnessed the incident told local news outlet ABC 6 that they couldn't believe what happened next.
"He hit the pole, went over the rock garden, hit two vehicles, continued, made the turn, and then hit the hotel. He took out columns, crashed the roof, and kept on going," said hotel guest Gene Pauldine.Pauldine's vehicle was one of the two damaged in the incident, according to police.Investigators say Medina freaked out after the big rig slammed into the canopy and he then began backing the rig up.The trailer then slammed into a light pole, so Medina pulled forward again.Witnesses say Medina then backed up once more sending the canopy crashing down.
“The driver did not stop, he kept backing up and going forward, thinking he could get her through there," hotel guest Troy Geiser told ABC 6."He hit the pole with the rear of the trailer, and then backed up and hit her again,” Geiser recalled.Thankfully, no one was injured.Following the crash Medina was taken into police custody and charged with DUI.WATCH more from the scene below courtesy of ABC6/YouTube.
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Washington D.C. - Many of the most powerful trucking industry groups have publicly expressed support for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) recently unveiled changes to the hours of service (HOS) rule, but opposition to the reform plan is strong and could grow stronger in the coming months.Trucking industry stakeholders including the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) were quick to cheer the FMCSA's proposed HOS reforms after the agency revealed them on Wednesday, August 14.Statements from each group praised FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez's leadership on the issue and encouraged its members to comment in support of the proposal during the 45-day public comment period.
However, opposition to the plan is also mobilizing.The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) is one such critic and says FMCSA's new proposal will "drastically weaken the HOS rules."The group, comprised of truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, released a detailed statement shortly after the proposal's announcement.In it, the TSC said the reforms "will not improve safety."TSC commented:
The agency is offering flexibility without regard for the fact that it could be exploited by the worst actors in the industry, including drivers who will operate while fatigued and motor carriers who will coerce them to do so.Another critic, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was also quick to express its "serious concerns" about the proposed changes.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said:
In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further.Changes for short-haul truckers, for example, would extend their days from 12 to 14 hours on the job.That means a longer and more exhausting workday for tens of thousands of American workers.Hoffa also expressed dismay about "language changing the 30-minute rest break and the ability of drivers to press the pause button on their hours of service clock."
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Further, he asserted that should the proposed changes make it into a final rule, it will only benefit those at the top.
We shouldn’t be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses.The TSC and Teamsters are not alone in their opposition.Sources Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has spoken with since the announcement indicate the FMCSA is expected to receive significant push back by leaders in the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives as well.Additionally, experts tell TNN court challenges are likely.Joe Rajkovacz, Director of Governmental Affairs & Communications, with the Western States Trucking Association, is quite familiar with these kinds of battles given the fact he is from California.
Rajkovacz spent 29 years as a professional trucker before devoting his full-time career to the trucking associational trade.He is a supporter of the new proposal and is optimistic about its chances to be enacted.
"I think there is an excellent chance what is being proposed will become a final rule," he said. "There may be some tweaks, but it’s likely it will make it."
Find out what trucking stakeholders and drivers are saying about the FMCSA's new HOS proposal HERE.
He said that while he understands there are those who "hoped the Agency would go further," the fact the FMCSA didn't eliminate the 30-minute break, as some trucking stakeholders wished, will make it more likely a final rule will win legal challenges.
"There were those who had pretty high expectations and wanted dramatic changes to the HOS rules, but the FMCSA would have had to have a hell of a lot of studies done to accomplish that," he commented.
"Without relevant studies, the safety Nazis would have been able to sue in the D.C. Circuit and they would have won."
Just as groups within the trucking community are urging its members to express support in the form of public comments, groups in opposition are doing the same.Even further, the TSC is demanding the FMCSA "immediately rescind these proposed changes and focus their time, resources, and efforts on advancing proven safety solutions such as speed limiters and automatic emergency braking."This battle is only beginning to take shape.TNN will continue to bring you the latest, so stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for much more in the coming days.
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