December 2, 1998
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
September 21, 1998
Sept. 22 — Every day, thousands of truck drivers risk injuring their ankles, knees and lower back by jumping from their cabs or trailers without using grab rails and steps, according to a recent study
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