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December 31, 1998

Trucker Won’t Be Charged In Fatal Rollover

Jan. 1 – A Pennsylvania truck driver won’t face criminal charges for an accident where his rig rolled over and crushed a car, killing three people, reports the Associated Press – but he has been targeted in a civil suit

December 22, 1998

NHTSA Publishes Recall List

Dec. 23 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a list of safety recalls announced in November

December 18, 1998

North Carolina Task Force Recommends Truck Safety Improvements

Dec. 21 – State inspections of heavy trucks and restricting them to the right-hand lane are just two of 66 recommendations made by a North Carolina task force on improving truck safety in the state

December 16, 1998

North Carolina Officials To Look At Dangerous Grade

Dec. 17 – A steep grade on Interstate 26 just across the South Carolina line will be the subject of a public meeting next week

December 16, 1998

Nebraska Legislator Wants Lower Speed Limits

Dec. 17 – One Nebraska state legislator plans to introduce legislation to lower the interstate speed limit in the eastern part of the state, reports the Lincoln Journal Star

December 11, 1998

Snow Triggers Pileups Near Denver

Dec. 14 – In less than 24 hours, snow triggered two major pileups on congested Interstate 24 near Denver

December 10, 1998

NHTSA Recalls Volvo Trucks

Dec. 11 – More than 95,000 WhiteGMC/Volvo trucks made since 1986 are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The air suspension control valve supply line was not plumbed through an air pressure protection

December 8, 1998

Louisiana Offers Road Rage Hotline

Dec. 9 – Louisiana is publicizing a toll-free number for cell phone callers to reach state troopers to report bad drivers

December 7, 1998

CRASH, Trucking Industry Debate Safety Record

Dec. 8 – Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways let loose another volley Friday in its efforts to move federal oversight of the trucking industry with a press conference announcing its annual ranking of the most dangerous states for big rig fatalities

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

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