TRUCKING NEWS

I-84 reopens after semi-truck crash in Columbia Gorge; driver cited

The crash initially blocked westbound lanes about five miles east of Cascade Locks.

No one was hurt.

Traffic was backed up for miles.

Oregon State Police cited the driver for careless driving. Police said other drivers were complaining about the truck driver’s speed before the crash.

Trailer tractor crashes into restaurant near Price, 3 people injured

A speeding trailer tractor crashed into a restaurant in Wellington early Wednesday morning, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., an eastbound tractor-trailer was traveling at a fast speed in the winter weather conditions.

The trailer left the road and collided with the restaurant.

The restaurant owner told troopers that his wife was trapped inside, UHP reported. The woman said she was injured as authorities entered the building to rescue her.

Troopers say all of three people are “doing okay… considering.” They are being treated at Castleview Hospital for minor injuries.

One lane of state route 6 is temporarily closed.

The Wellington Police Department says traffic will need to follow 400 W. to Railroad Avenue, then 100 East and south to Ridge Road, then east to get to state route 6.

Troopers stationed in Price are reporting a semi truck that has crashed into a restaurant in Wellington off SR-6. All occupants are out of the restaurant and are doing okay…considering. One lane currently closed on SR-6. Additional details and pics to follow.

Wellington Elementary School has been closed because the power in the area will be shut off.

Police say all of the students made it to school safely and will be bused home.

Power, gas and tow companies are assessing the damage caused by the crash.

 

The business involved is obviously closed, the police department wrote in a Facebook post.


 

WYDOT to make big improvements to 45-mile stretch of interstate that truckers hate

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has announced plans to make improvements to increase safety for truck drivers on a 45 mile stretch of interstate notorious for high winds and severe winter weather.

After winning a $20 million federal grant, WYDOT announced that they will be making improvements to I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins as part of a project called the “I-80 Winter Freight Improvement Project.”

One of the biggest changes WYDOT is planning is adding truck parking to give drivers a safe place to wait for weather conditions to improve. WYDOT has plans to create two truck parking areas at Walcott Junction and Quealy Dome. Each of the truck parking areas will accommodate about 100 trucks. The truck parking areas will also be equipped with “communication devices” to allow WYDOT to share travel information with the drivers.

The planned improvements also include adding truck passing lanes two miles eastbound over Halleck Ridge and 3.53 miles westbound between Cooper Cove and Quealy Dome Road. WYDOT says that these passing lanes should reduce the number of secondary crashes that occur when the interstate reopens after a crash.

WYDOT Director Bill Panos said, “The proposed project will benefit the regional transportation system by promoting more effective truck traffic movement. The project constructs additional lanes in areas where trucks slow down because of steeper grades, allowing cars and trucks to pass and reducing driver fatigue.”

Work on the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021.

WYDOT says that 2,600 traffic accidents (1,323 of which involved trucks) occurred on I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins between 2008 and 2017.

Trucker says he’ll ‘never talk smack’ again after loaded semi saved by a pickup

A group of (loaded) semi trucks struggling to get up an icy hill got a big-time assist from a Chevy pickup over the weekend.

 

Watch as a group of truckers struggling to get up an icy hill during a snow storm get a little help from a driver in sturdy Chevy pickup truck.

The video was captured on I-70 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, as a devastating weekend snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the area.

Facebook user and truck driver Adam Bosler wrote:

I swear on my life I will never talk smack on Chevy again. This dude was a straight bada$$. Got me and several other LOADED tractor trailers up the hill in downtown! (Sorry for the language I was highly impressed) 😂
If we could find out who this guy was thatd be awesome.

Bosler said, “I think it’s incredible when everybody in the same industry can come together make things happen just to get everybody home.”

The pickup truck driver, later identified as Valon Ibishi, told KSDK, “I like to help people and for that reason, I just opened the doors as soon as people for everybody to go home and safe.”

Ibishi reportedly pulled four semi trucks up the hill with his Chevy pickup.

Video of the rescues has gone viral, having been viewed more than 1 million times and shared over 26,000 times.

You can view the video of the pickup truck rescues below.

Grapevine shuts down for snow; high winds topple multiple trucks on Highway 58

A winter storm is causing serious travel trouble for truckers in California as winds rolled over several big rigs and snow shut down the Grapevine.

Caltrans announced on Monday, January 14 around 3 p.m. that the Grapevine is closed in both directions while heavy snow and freezing temperatures are making travel treacherous.

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The Grapevine closure is causing major traffic backups.

 

 

 

As much as five inches of snow has fallen in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officials say that there’s no estimated time for the Grapevine to reopen.

You can follow Caltrans District 6 on Twitter for the latest road closure information.

 

 

 

 

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California Highway Patrol on scene of westbound Highway 58, just west of Bear Mountain Blvd for an overturned semi.
Traffic is reportedly being diverted to the dirt shoulder while crews respond, according to CHP’s Traffic Incident Page.

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California transportation officials are also reporting that high winds on Highway 58 in the Bakersfield area blew over “multiple” semi trucks this morning.

It isn’t clear at this time whether there were any injuries.

A wind advisory was issued for the area, with wind speeds of up to 50 m.p.h. possible.