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March 20, 2015 - Industry News

63 Tickets Issued in Massive Michigan Pile-up

Photo via HNI Blog

Police have issued 63 tickets to drivers involved in a 193-vehicle pile-up in January on Interstate 94 in Michigan, according to a report on MLive.com, most for the same violation.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Citation, Interstate 94

March 9, 2015 - Industry News

Passenger Train Collides with Truck in North Carolina

The scene of the crash in North Carolina. Screenshot from ABC News video

As many as 40 persons were injured when an AmTrak passenger train collided with a commercial truck that was on the tracks in North Carolina today, according to a report from ABC News.

Tags: Railroads, Collision, Accidents, North Carolina, Grade Crossing Accidents

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

NTSB: 'Slight' Drop in Highway Deaths

The drop in highway fatalities included fewer deaths assigned to NTSB’s medium-and-heavy trucks and light-trucks-and-vans as well as less passenger-car fatalities, but deaths attributed to buses rose sharply.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Accidents

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Southbound I-75 in Cincinnati Reopens Following Bridge Collapse

A section of southbound Interstate 75 in Cincinnati has reopened following a bridge collapse late Monday evening resulting in its closure.

Tags: Accidents, Ohio, I-75, Interstate 75

January 20, 2015 - Industry News

Section of I-75 in Cincinnati Closed Following Bridge Collapse

A section of an old overpass collapsed Monday evening along southbound Interstate 75 in Ohio, closing a part of the route for potentially several days.

Tags: Accidents, Ohio, I-75, Interstate 75

January 11, 2015 - Industry News

193-Vehicle Pileup in Michigan Involved 76 Trucks, Killed One Trucker

Interstate 94 in western Michigan finally re-opened Sunday after a 193-vehicle pile-up on Friday morning that killed a truck driver closed the highway for almost two days.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, Highways, I-94

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

150-Vehicle Pileup Blocks I-94 in Western Michigan

I-94 is closed between Battle Creek and Kalamazo, Michigan, after an estimated 150-vehicle pileup on the snowy interstate that has killed at least one person.

Tags: Accidents, Michigan, I-94

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

HDT's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Photo: Jim Park

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors have a lot to say. Check out a few of the most popular musings from Deborah Lockridge, Jim Park and Tom Berg in 2014.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Speeding, Blogs

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan Fires Back at Walmart

A scan of the Mercedes‑Benz limo van involved in the crash: via NTSB.

Comedian Tracy Morgan has responded to official statements made by Walmart in the lawsuit for the June 6th accident involving the comedian and a Walmart truck.

Tags: Accidents, Seat Belts, Fatigue, Walmart, Litigation

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Angel Helps Fellow Trucker Trapped In Cab

Truck driver William Hunt is being recognized as a Highway Angel for helping to save the life of a fellow trucker who was trapped in his overturned truck.

Tags: Driver Safety, TCA Highway Angel, Accidents

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for Failing to Wear Seat Belt

Comedian Tracy Morgan in 2009. Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.

In a response to a lawsuit against Walmart related to an accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a Walmart tractor trailer, Walmart stated that Morgan and the other passengers involved in the crash disregarded their own safety by choosing not to wearing seat belts.

Tags: Seat Belts, Fatigue, Accidents, Walmart, Litigation, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Truck-Bus Crash Kills 4, Driver Says He Was Distracted

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Friday evening, killing four people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Tags: Accidents, Oklahoma, Interstate 35, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 8, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Authority of Company for Not Allowing Access to Records

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the operating authority of a single-truck motor carrier after it refused to provide access to company records for an investigation following a highly publicized fatal crash in the Chicago area.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Illinois, Operating Authority

July 15, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB: I-5 Bridge Collapse Due to Systemic Errors

Water level view of the accident scene. Photo: NTSB

The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington State’s roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, Oversize Loads, Bridges, Skagit River Bridge

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Tracy Morgan, Others Sue Walmart Over Truck Crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart following a crash last month on the New Jersey Turnpike in which he was severely injured, while James McNair, a comedian known as Jimmy Mack was killed and two others were hurt.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Fatigue, Safety & Compliance, Walmart, Litigation, 34-Hour Restart

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB: Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Speeding

NTSB investigators documented the damage to the vehicles using 3D laser scanning technology. This is a scan of the Mercedes‑Benz limo van involved in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report of its investigation into the June 7 truck crash that severely injured celebrity Tracy Morgan along with killing one person, showing the truck driver was traveling well beyond the posted speed limit.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Wal-Mart, Truck Drivers, Hours of Service, New Jersey, Fatigue, Safety & Compliance, 34-Hour Restart

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

The Walmart truck driver at the center of the media frenzy over a crash that severely injured comedian Tracey Morgan pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday.

Tags: Fatigue, Hours of Service, Accidents, 34-Hour Restart, New Jersey, Walmart

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Documents in I-5 Bridge Collapse Ahead of Final Report

As part of its continuing investigation into the collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Washington State last year, the National Transportation Safety Board opened the public accident docket on Wednesday, releasing over 2,000 pages of documents.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, Washington, Safety & Compliance, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

Police: Walmart Trucker Awake More Than 24 Hours Before Crash

UPDATED -- The truck driver for Walmart who faces multiple charges in the early Saturday morning crash that severely injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan had not slept for more than 24 hours, according to court documents filed by police.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, New Jersey, Walmart, Fatigue

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Safety, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

Third Lawsuit Filed Over FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

The family of a Los Angeles student killed last month when the charter bus he was in was hit by a FedEx Freight truck in Orland, Calif., is filing a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: Accidents, California, Federal Fleet, Fleets, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, FedEx

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