TRUCKING NEWS

Colorado State Patrol investigating fatal crash on La Veta Pass

COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. – The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened on La Veta Pass Monday morning.

Blake Noonan, 47, from Pueblo died as a result of the two-vehicle crash. He was driving a 2004 Honda Element westbound on La Veta Pass toward Alamosa when he lost control on a road curve and collided into a car traveling eastbound.

Noonan crashed into a 2019 Peterbilt semi-truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Peterbilt semi-truck did not sustain any injuries.

Excessive speed for the conditions is considered a primary factor in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.

Florida Highway Patrol Will Ticket You For Driving In Left Lane

The left lane is meant for passing only, and if you’re caught riding in this lane, you could get a $161 fine and up to three points on your license.

Driving in the left lane leads to traffic congestion and road rage according to Florida Highway Patrol’s Lieutenant Greg Bueno. Lt. Bueno said this issue is a growing problem in every county in Florida and is entirely up to the discretion of the trooper whether to pull you over and ticket you.

So whether you’re on I-10, I-295, I-275, I-75, I-4 or I-95…the best thing to do, once you pass a car using the left lane is to get back over in the right-hand or middle lane.

New Jersey State Police Issues Commercial Vehicle Travel Restriction

West Trenton, N.J. – Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced a commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm.

Effective tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, at 12:00 p.m., there will be a commercial vehicle travel restriction for the following roadways:

• I-195 (entire length)
• I-78 (entire length)
• I-80 (entire length)
• I-280 (entire length)
• I-287 (entire length)
• I-295 (including and between exits 60-76)
The commercial vehicle travel restriction does NOT apply to the following roadways:

• New Jersey Turnpike
• Garden State Parkway

The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:

• All tractor-trailers
• Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
• Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
• Recreational vehicles
• Motorcycles

Trucks already in New Jersey are encouraged to use truck stops or rest areas during the restriction. In order for road crews to effectively plow, drivers should not park on shoulders.

Residents and motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you do not have to be on the roads during the storm, please stay home. If you must go out, drive slowly, fill your gas tank, charge your phone, pack blankets, water, and non-perishable food items.

Pennsylvania to ban commercial traffic on interstates during storm

Pennsylvania will ban all commercial traffic, including buses, on most interstates during this weekend’s winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration said.

The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania.

PennDOT said the vehicle bans will help snow plow crews keep the interstates open.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates as the storm progresses.

Officials urged drivers to use caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds, and to watch out for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state.

Dramatic dash cam footage shows moment big rig lost control on California freeway

A motorist in California captured a dramatic dash cam clip showing a semi truck losing control on a California freeway on Wednesday.

The incident occurred just after 10:30 a.m on Wednesday, January 17, in Anaheim, California, according to a report from the Press-Enterprise.

Police say that the semi truck was eastbound on the 91 Freeway near the Lakeview Avenue exit when it crossed two lanes of traffic and veered into a 2005 Ford. This accident sent both the Ford and the semi truck into the center concrete divider.

The truck plowed through the divider and came to a stop in the westbound lanes of the 91 Freeway. The Ford remained in the eastbound lanes.

Two other vehicles were struck by debris from the crash.

Remarkably, the only person who was hurt was the Ford driver, who was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol says that there were wet and windy weather conditions at the time.

The dash cam footage of the incident was shared by a motorist, who captured the scene from the westbound lanes and can be seen below.