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February 5, 2002

Safety Board Says Driver Ignored Crossing Gates

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday said a fatal 1999 truck-train crash in Illinois was caused by a trucker driving around the crossing gates. The board's conclusion conflicts with a police report released last week saying the crossing gates were malfunctioning

February 4, 2002

Gate Faulty In Truck-Train Crash

A 1999 truck-train crash that exposed loopholes in the commercial driver's license program in Illinois was caused by faulty crossing signals, not by a truck driver who drove around the gates

January 31, 2002

Montana To Use Deicer Linked To Truck Problems

Montana transportation officials have drawn the ire of truckers for their decision to use a chemical deicer that’s been linked to damage in trucks

January 24, 2002

Ol' Blue Offers Downloadable Coloring Book

Ol' Blue, USA now offers a coloring book as part of its Big Wheels, Little Kids School Program

January 19, 2002

Volvo Responds To NHTSA Investigation

Volvo Trucks says it welcomes an investigation by federal safety officials over alleged safety defects of its trucks. On Friday the company released a statement in response to an investigation begun by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio

January 17, 2002

NHTSA Opens Investigations Into Alleged Volvo Problems

Updated 4:30p.m., Eastern--The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation of several reported defects in Volvo trucks. These investigations come in response to a petition submitted last year by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association alleging mechanical problems with more than 500 Volvo trucks

January 15, 2002

International Trucks Recalled For Headlight Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of nearly 14,000 International medium-duty trucks for possible problems with the headlights

January 15, 2002

Eaton VORAD To Be Available From All OEMS

2002 will find all North American Class 8 and Medium Duty vehicle manufacturers listing the Eaton VORAD EVT-300 Collision Warning System as a production option on new tractors and straight trucks

January 4, 2002

The Sleep That Kills

A driver who just logged eight hours of sleep is pulling over for naps every two hours. Another driver is worried about an increasing tendency to nod off while he's driving. An owner-operator behind the wheel

January 3, 2002

Washington To Test Wrong-Way Warning Device

The Washington State Department of Transportation is testing experimental emergency signs at a freeway ramp to help prevent vehicles from entering the highway going the wrong way

December 31, 2001

Rumble Strips Make A Difference In Nebraska

Rumble strips that have been installed along Interstate 80 in Nebraska look like they're saving lives

December 19, 2001

Fatal Crash Statistics Good News

New federal statistics for 2000 show a continuing reduction in the large truck fatal crash rate

December 13, 2001

Rhode Island Deploys First e911 System

Cell phones are great for emergencies. Dialing 911 is great for emergencies. But the two don't necessarily work well together, as dispatchers in the past have not been able to easily locate 911 callers on cell phones. That's beginning to change, as Rhode Island rolls out the country's first e911 system

November 29, 2001

States Respond To ATA Truck Parking

Contrary to popular belief, many states are concerned about a lack of truck parking, and are working to do something about it

November 29, 2001

Kenworth Recalls Trucks For Defrosting Problems

More than 2,600 Kenworth heavy trucks have been recalled for possible problems with the defrosting system

November 28, 2001

NTSB Recommends Training, Oversize Guidelines In Truck-Train Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says poor route planning and permitting, lack of training about the hazards of railroad crossings, and driver fatigue all contributed to the collision of a passenger train and an oversized tractor-trailer last year in California

November 8, 2001

RSPA Extends Deadline to Submit Innovative Security Technologies

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration has extended the deadline for submitting papers on activities that would improve the security or reduce the vulnerability of transportation service

November 5, 2001

Mock Truck/Train Crash Staged In Ohio

It may not have been "real," but to the hundreds of spectators and participants at a recent mock truck/train crash in Findlay, Ohio, the scene was real enough

October 31, 2001

NHTSA Announces Truck Recalls

Internationals with brake light problems and Kenworths with brake drag problems are in the latest truck recall listings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

October 23, 2001

California Trains Emergency Personnel For Tanker Crashes

The California Highway Patrol and the Western Propane Gas Association have completed the training of 1,700 emergency personnel to deal with tanker-trailer truck crashes

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