TRUCKING NEWS

RHODE ISLAND FINDS OVER 800 VIOLATIONS DURING ROADCHECK

Rhode Island State Police say that they uncovered hundreds of truck and driver violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck campaign.

The 2019 International Roadcheck took place from June 4 — 6 throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

In Rhode Island, all Roadcheck inspections took place at two locations — off northbound I-95, at the weigh station in Richmond, and on southbound Route 146, at the weigh station and rest area in North Smithfield. All commercial vehicles that passed those two locations were required to comply with comprehensive inspections during Roadcheck.

During the three-day inspection spree, Rhode Island troopers say that they conducted 416 commercial vehicle inspections, during which they uncovered 696 vehicle violations and 136 driver violations.

Additionally, authorities say that 89 vehicles were taken out of service for major defects, such as underinflated tires, inoperable turn signals or brake lights, or air brakes out of adjustment and 28 drivers were taken out of service for violations such as driving too many hours without taking the required number of breaks, not maintaining proper log books and records, or not having a medical card as required. In addition, 46 operators were cited for failure to stop for the mandatory inspections.

Cattle Hauler Miraculously Survives “Badly Smashed Cab,” Cows Not As Lucky

Union County, Pennsylvania – A semi-truck hauling almost 100 young cattle overturned Tuesday evening in Union County, killing some of the cows and injuring the driver.

The accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on state Route 45 in Hartley Township, east of the Centre County line.

Responders from the West End Fire Company located the truck overturned down a 25-foot embankment.

The truck driver was miraculously able to climb free from the truck and transported to a local hospital via ambulance. His injuries are listed as “moderate.”

Some of the 97 cows died in the accident, others were trapped inside the double-decker trailer and the remaining were scattered in nearby woods. The number of deceased cows is unknown at this time.

It took approximately 80 emergency personnel and volunteers hours to wrangle up the surviving cattle and clean the wreckage. Clean up crews were still on-scene until early morning hours on Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen a cab smashed that bad and somebody survived,” Floyd Etters, first assistant chief of the Millheim Fire Company, told local news outlet Centre Daily.

According to Etters, local farmers and volunteers hauled the surviving cattle to sale barns in Centre Hall and Miffinburg.

 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State police say they will release the accident report in the next few days.

Police Deploy Big Rigs To Bust Traffic Violators In Chi-Town

Joliet, Illinois – It’s no secret truckers have the best view of what actually happens on the road. And now, Illinois police officers are using it to their advantage.

It’s all a part of the “Trooper in a Truck” program, which began as a collaborative effort between the Nebraska Trucking Association and the Nebraska State Police in February 2017.

The program was implemented in downstate Illinois last summer. Now, it’s moving into the Chicago area.

“Trooper in a Truck” partners with a local trucking company and invites police officers into the cab of a big rig, where they get a better view of the driving behaviors of motorists on the road — both 4-wheelers and commercial vehicles alike.

Troopers are looking for unsafe driving behaviors such as texting and driving, speeding, following too closely, and aggressive driving.

Observed violations are reported to a nearby officer in a marked patrol unit, who will stop the violator and issue a warning or citation.

Illinois State Patrol (ISP) has partnered with the Illinois Trucking Association and Cadence Premier Logistics and has operations on Interstates 55, 57 and 80.

“We will do whatever we can to be out there and be visible to help save lives on the roadways,” ISP Major Robert Meeder said in a press conference announcing the expansion on Wednesday.

“It’s a lot easier to see what the drivers in passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles are doing with their hands and a lot of times we can find out they’re texting,” Sargent Nate Miller of the ISP told NBC Chicago 5.

“You shouldn’t be texting and driving. You shouldn’t be looking at that digital device while you’re driving. Your hand should be on the wheel and watching the highway,” Matt Hart, Executive Director of the Illinois Trucking Association, told FOX Illinois last year.

ISP reminds motorists that cell phone use should always be hands-free in the state of Illinois.

 

FEDEX TRUCK DRIVER GOES MISSING AT TRUCK STOP

Morgan County, Alabama – Police are searching for a truck driver who went missing Wednesday, June 11 near a truck stop in Priceville, Alabama.

Authorities have confirmed 64-year-old Bertram Moore, a FedEx truck driver from El Paso, Texas, disappeared after parking his truck at a Pilot Travel Center near the intersection of Interstate 65 and Highway 67.

Officer Terry Jones with the Priceville Police Department said authorities began searching for Bertram after FedEx alerted them that Bertram’s daughter reported she was unable to reach her father.

Bertram’s truck was quickly located and investigators discovered his belongings inside.

However, Bertram was missing along with his phone, officials said.

Officer Jones revealed family members believe Bertram may have had a medical event based on his health history.

A team comprised of the Priceville Fire Department, the Morgan County Rescue Squad, and Limestone County tracking dogs assisted with searching 10 acres of land near the truck stop.

However, their efforts so far have been unsuccessful.

According to multiple reports, Bertram was last heard from Wednesday night.

Police request that if you have any information about Bertram Moore to contact Priceville PD at (256)350-4613.

 

TRUCKER KICKED OFF TRIBAL RESERVATION AFTER SUSPECTED OF HAULING LOAD FOR OIL PIPELINE

Eagle Butte, South Dakota – A truck driver was kicked off of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation on Monday after being suspected of hauling for a contractor building the Keystone XL pipeline.

According to leaders of the tribe, regulations require that “…any and all Keystone XL trucks and escort vehicles that drive onto our reservation be turned around immediately and go back the way they entered the reservation.”

The big rig was parked Monday afternoon in an Eagle Butte-convenience store parking lot where it was first noticed by concerned members.

Members of the tribe reportedly became suspicious of the truck driver after observing the semi was hauling an oversized load without a pilot vehicle.

That’s when Joye Braun, a grassroots organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said she was alerted about the truck by a friend at approximately 5:30 p.m.

She told the Rapid City Journal she went to the convenience store to also confront the driver.

She claims to have heard the driver say he was heading to the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.

Further, she claimed someone else told her the driver said he was working for a contractor with TC Energy.

Law enforcement was alerted, and in an effort to keep the trucker from leaving until officials arrived, members of the tribe surrounding the truck.

Images Braun posted to Twitter reveal one member standing on the truck while another is lying underneath the semi.

 

 

Once law enforcement arrived, they notified leaders of the situation and were instructed to escort the trucker off of the reservation immediately.

However, according to multiple reports, a spokesperson with TC Energy, Sara Rabern, denied the trucker was working for them or had anything to do with the pipeline.

“We work closely with our crews and contractors on their schedules to ensure their safety and ensuring the safe delivery of our materials,” Rabern said.

“In addition, we currently do not have any activity in the region. We build pipe and are not an oil or gas producer that would move its products by truck,” she commented.

Furthermore, Tony Mangan, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said he wasn’t sure what company the trucker was hauling for.

“I cannot confirm to you that it was a pipeline truck. We don’t know that,” he told the Rapid City Journal.

Nonetheless, law enforcement officers escorted the truck driver off of the reservation.

Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe praised members for their actions.

“This is Sioux Territory. We will not stand for more encroachments and defilement of our land. Any vehicles or personnel working on the Keystone XL pipeline are not welcome on the reservation,” he stated.