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PILOT SUES SHUT-DOWN TRUCKING COMPANY OVER $800,000 IN UNPAID FUEL CHARGES

A recently shuttered trucking company is facing more bad news as truck stop giant Pilot has filed suit over hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fuel charges.

On Tuesday, June 11, Pilot Travel Centers LLC filed a civil suit against the now closed Youngstown-based trucking company Falcon Transport LLC in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in Ohio, according to a report from the Youngstown Vindicator. Counterpoint Capital Partners, which bought Falcon in 2017, was also named in the lawsuit.

The suit claims that Pilot would invoice Falcon for fuel purchased by its drivers, but that when the company suddenly closed down on April 27, 2019, invoices from April 11 to April 25 were not paid. The invoices total $796,983, according to the lawsuit.

The suit seeks the unpaid fuel costs plus interest and litigation costs.

When Falcon closed unexpectedly, they informed their 585 truck drivers via email and text message to let them know that the company was closing down and that they must stop working immediately. More than 100 office and administrative workers were also laid off. At the time, many drivers reported being stranded out on the road with no way to get home.

Falcon later said that they didn’t inform their drivers about the mass layoff because doing so would have hurt their chances of obtaining further funding.

Arizona, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Preliminary info – Cornville Road collision today-

*** Please note that it was personnel from the Verde Valley Fire District that did the commendable job of removing the driver from his crushed vehicle. ***

 

Just before 9:30 AM today, deputies were dispatched to a collision on Cornville Road near mile marker 3 in an area known as the ‘switchbacks.’ The driver of a 1993 Cadillac sedan passed in a no passing zone driving west, going uphill in the switchbacks, and crossing the centerline of the roadway. A semi-tractor rig heading east could not avoid the oncoming vehicle and a head-on collision occurred.

 

 

The driver of the Cadillac was pinned behind the wheel and it took a fair amount of time for Verde Valley Fire personnel to extricate him from the car. Once removed, he was transported by ground ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center for apparent non-life threatening injuries. Deputies noted the truck driver exited his vehicle after the collision and used a fire extinguisher to control potential flames involving the Cadillac.

 

Several witnesses provided accounts on the actions of the Cadillac driver and his illegal passing maneuver.

There was no indication of DUI on either party.

Cornville Road was closed until about 2 PM as a result of the investigation and road clean-up.

Justin Hubley’s Afternoon in Kentucky

So there was a big rig accident this afternoon in KY, and they were diverting us off the highway through this town. While sitting in traffic a man and his wife were on their porch. My window was down, we made eye contact and I flashed a smile and a wave. I moved up a bit and this gentleman (he was older maybe late 50s) comes walking up to my truck. He said thanks for waving where you from? I told him Texas and he hands me this soda. It’s called Ale 8 and he explains how they are made about 15 miles from there. Then he thanks me for being kind and says tell Texas was cool here in Kentucky too and walks off. Made my day! #startedwithawave