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December 7, 1998

Trucker Charged In Runaway Wheel Accident

Dec. 8 – Ohio prosecutors are charging that a trucker whose runaway wheel killed a college student three months ago was criminally negligent

December 2, 1998

FHWA Releases Truck Crash Report

Dec. 4 – Several news reports in the general media lately have quoted federal figures about the rising number of fatal truck crashes. Yet when you take into account the number of miles traveled by large trucks, the fatal crash involvement rate for large trucks has decreased by 30% in the last 10 years, according to the Federal Highway Administration

November 27, 1998

Safety Summit Canceled After FHWA Pulls Out

Nov. 30 – Nearly 500 people had to cancel travel plans to Atlanta last week when the Federal Highway Administration withdrew from the 1998 National Truck and Bus Safety Summit. Without FHWA’s participation, the summit, which was to have been held Dec. 7-8, was canceled

November 27, 1998

Three-Truck Crash Kills Two In Alabama

Nov. 30 – An accident involving three tractor-trailers and two passenger cars killed two people on Interstate 65 south of Birmingham, AL, last Tuesday. And although papers report that the accident may have been caused by a passenger vehicle failing to yield the right-of-way, one local paper followed up with a report about concerns on truck safety

November 16, 1998

California Fog Claims Two Lives In 74-Vehicle Pileup

Nov. 17 – Two people were killed and 51 injured in a 74-vehicle chain-reaction crash in the fog Sunday on Highway 99 near Kingsburg, CA

November 11, 1998

Ohio Patrol Seeks Truck In Fatal Accident

Nov. 12 – Ohio state troopers are asking for help in finding the driver of a Peterbilt that struck a woman on the Ohio Turnpike Monday evening, killing her

November 11, 1998

PATT Schedules Fatigue Seminar

Nov. 12 – Parents Against Tired Truckers (http://www.patt.org) is putting on a seminar on driver fatigue next February in California

November 6, 1998

Philly Highway Curve Studied After Third Truck Crash

Nov. 9 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is trying to figure out why there are frequent truck crashes on the Schuylkill Expressway near the 28th Street curve in South Philadelphia. Last week, for the third

November 6, 1998

Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Ohio Trucker

Nov. 8 – A grand jury decided not to indict a trucker who was accused of recklessly causing the death of a college student in a crash Oct. 16 on I-280 near Toledo, OH – but the prosecutor says she’s not giving up, according to a report in the Toledo Blade

November 5, 1998

Highway Fatality Study Gives Erroneous Message About Truck Safety

Nov. 6 – According to analysts at Hendrix Consulting, an Ormond Beach, FL-based trucking industry research firm, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study that gives the image “of large trucks wreaking havoc on the highways

November 2, 1998

Truck Fatal Accident Rate Drops

Nov. 3 – Figures released last week by the Federal Highway Administration showed the fatal accident rate for large trucks fell slightly in 1997. The rate dropped from 2.41 per 100 million miles in 1996 to

October 6, 1998

Trucker Given 60 Days For Fatal Crash

Oct. 8 – An Indiana truck driver is serving 60 days in jail for causing a chain-reaction accident that killed four people in Ohio. The Toledo Blade reports that Jonnie Morris, 58, of Muncie, IN, pleaded guilty

October 6, 1998

Six AR Rest Stops To Be Trucker Rests

Oct. 8 – Six rest areas being closed in Arkansas will be converted into parking areas for truckers, reports the Associated Press. The state Highway Commission voted Sept. 22 to close 12 rest areas, six of

October 1, 1998

Oily Sealant May Have Contributed to Fiery Accident

Oct. 2 -- An oily road sealant may have contributed to a fiery, fatal truck accident in Reno, NV, last weekend, reports the Associated Press. City public works crews had been working on the road less

September 29, 1998

Tank Truck Driver Dies Avoiding Wreck, Called Hero By Witnesses

Oct. 1 – A tank truck driver who died last weekend trying to avoid hitting cars at a busy intersection in Reno, NV, has been called a hero by some witnesses. Dave Cermak, 55, of Sparks, NV,

September 29, 1998

Insurance Survey Finds Opposition To Longer Hours

Oct. 1 – Most Americans oppose allowing truck drivers to work longer hours, according to a survey sponsored by the Insurance Research Council. The survey says 81% of the public think it would be unsafe to permit

September 29, 1998

Arkansas To Close 12 Rest Areas

Sept. 30 – The Arkansas Highway Commission is going ahead with plans to close 12 highway rest areas, reports the Associated Press. Among the stops to be closed over the next two years will be pairs

September 28, 1998

Runaway Truck Avoids Death In Virginia

Sept. 29 – It's a trucker's nightmare: barreling down a hillside with no brakes and seeing traffic stopped below. That’s what happened last Thursday to John Franklin of Baton Rouge, LA, on I-81 near Christiansburg, VA, reports

September 25, 1998

NTSB Recommends On-Board Recorders, Simulators

Sept. 28 – After investigating a 1997 crash that killed eight people, the National Transportation Safety Board has made several recommendations on traction control, onboard recorders and simulator training

September 24, 1998

Arkansas Raises Speed Limits

Sept. 25 – The Arkansas Highway Commission voted Tuesday to increase speed limits on a number of highways. Suburban interstate speed limits will be raised from 60 mph to 65 mph, and Little Rock’s urban interstate speed

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