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Load Securement, It Could Happen To You

An accident Monday afternoon killed a Columbia man who was impaled by a flying piece of wood that crashed through his windshield while he was driving.  Barry L. Myers was pronounced dead at Lancaster General Hospital shortly after the accident. A family relative said Myers and his wife, Deborah, were returning from a weekend trip to Ocean City, Md., when the accident happened. Deborah Myers had just celebrated her birthday.  According to Manor Township police, Myers and his wife were traveling north on Millersville Road.  At the same time, Vernon McCauley was traveling south when two pieces of wood fencing flew off his truck. “It appears the wind picked them up,” police Cpl. Kim Geyer said. One of the pieces of fencing smashed through the windshield of Myers’ car and impaled...

FMCSA Fines Oregon Motor Carrier $25,000 for Multiple Safety Violations

Ore-Cal Livestock Inc., an Oregon-based company, negotiated an agreement where it pleaded guilty to five counts of aiding and abetting false statements to a government agency. The company was sentenced to five years probation and fined it $25,000 plus court costs. As a special condition to the plea agreement Ore-Cal was ordered to pay the Office of Inspector General $50,000 as a settlement for the costs of investigating the case. The company was also ordered to pay a total of $1 million over the next five years toward trucking safety. The company was also ordered to implement a strict safety and regulatory compliance...

FMCSA Fines Minnesota Motor Carrier $368,200 for Multiple Safety Violations

A safety investigation of Mark Sand and Gravel conducted on Oct. 1 showed the company failed to provide hazardous materials training to persons that operate a cargo tank or vehicle with a portable tank with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more; knowingly allowing an employee with a suspended, revoked or canceled commercial drivers license to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and failing to require a driver to make a record of duty status. A fine of $11,880 was...

Shifting Load Kills I-65 Trucker

A truck driver was killed on I-65 this morning when police say a sudden stop caused his load of steel piping to shift on top of him.   The victim, a 38-year-old Ohio man, died after he stopped his semi tractor-trailer along northbound I-65 north of the Raymond Street exit at about 7:51 a.m., said Indiana State Police Sgt. Ray Poole.  “For some unknown reason, he stopped abruptly and the load shifted forward,” Poole said. “The heavy steel piping came into the back of the tractor, killing...

Trucker Likely Fell Asleep Before Westmoreland Co. Accident

A truck driver probably fell asleep before his tractor-trailer slammed into a car, killing a Honduran diplomat.  Trooper Kevin McNamara said truck driver Sam P. Thompson, 32, of Gaithersburg, Md, falsified his driver’s log a few hours before the Feb. 8 crash. The log indicated he was taking a federally mandated sleep break when he was actually in Toledo, Ohio, picking up a load of glassware, McNamara said.   Navarro was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at milepost 71 in an eastbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Arona.   McNamara said damage to the vehicles and gouges in the highway indicated Navarro’s vehicle was pulling off the highway when it was rammed from behind.  “The left rear trunk area was pushed all the way into the rear seat (where Ortiz Navarro was seated). My opinion is that only 2 1/2 feet of the car was on the right lane of the highway and the rest was already over in the pull-off,” McNamara said.   “I think he fell asleep, drove up the embankment and finally grabbed the wheel,” McNamara said.  McNamara said he picked up paperwork, including Thompson’s driver’s log, strewn on the ground surrounding the truck.  He said Thompson’s last previous stop, the Libby Glass factory in Toledo, had recorded he was there about 12 hours before the crash.  “He reported in his log that he was sleeping during that time … so he committed a false log,” McNamara said.  “There is no indication he made any attempt to steer to the left.”  Thompson will stand trial for following too closely, driving at an...

Truck With Bad Brakes Called ‘Deadly Weapon’ After Fatal Crash; Driver Charged

A truck that crashed with a motorcycle, killing its rider, had such equipment violations, police say it was a deadly weapon.   The Dover Police Department today said they have charged 48-year-old Curtis Smith of Greenwood with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering and five federal motor carrier violations.  Smith was driving a dump truck south on McKee Road.  The truck and cycle crashed in the intersection, killing Bowden. Smith was unhurt, police said.  “Investigation into the accident revealed that Smith was operating a 10-wheel dump truck, which had inadequate brakes and equipment violations”.   An inspection by the Dover Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Delaware State Police team that specializes in fatal accident investigation determined, “the truck was in such condition that it endangered the life of others on the roadway,” Getek said.   Smith was arrested last week in connection with the July 14, 2006...

FMCSA Fines Oregon Motor Carrier $368,200 for Multiple Safety Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that Rudco Transport, Inc., of Clackamas, Ore., a for-hire motor carrier that primarily hauls general freight, was served with a “Notice of Claim” letter for $368,200 in civil penalties. FMCSA investigators issued a proposed unsatisfactory safety rating and cited Rudco president, Sergey Rudnitsky, for violations involving drug and alcohol testing, commercial driver’s licenses standards and requirements, qualification of drivers, and inspection and maintenance of motor vehicles. In addition, it is alleged that Rudco allowed for the falsification of records of duty status and allowed its drivers to drive when they had already exceeded their hours of service limits. The company reportedly employs approximately 88 drivers and operates 64...

Five Companies And 19 Drivers Were Charged In Logbook Investigation

The California grand jury issued indictments against five trucking companies and 23 individuals as a result of a year and a half long investigation into falsifying and aiding in the falsification of driver logbooks. The multiple-count charges are: conspiracy to make false statements to a government agency; aiding and abetting false statements to a government agency; conspiracy to make false entries in records of federal investigations and proceedings; and aiding and abetting false entries in records of federal investigations and proceedings. The charges were taken against individuals and the companies. A California Grand Jury returned a 76-count indictment against Nijjar Brothers Trucking Inc, a California-based company, and 13 employees, including its president, vice president, safety director, a dispatcher and nine truckers. The grand jury also returned a 74-count indictment against NB Trucking Inc., also based in California. The indictment charges that both Nijjar Brothers Trucking and NB Trucking conducted their trucking and related business operations interchangeably under the corporate umbrella of Nijjar Brothers Trucking. The indictment also alleges that both companies used the same truck drivers, employees and equipment. The president of Nijjar, Surrinder Singh Nijjar, was charged individually with witness tampering. Semper Truck Lines Inc received a five-count indictment against the company and three of its drivers. Maximum penalties faced by the defendants range from a five-year probation term or up to 20 years in prison and fines ranging from $250,000 to...

Fiery Wrong Way Truck Crash

A truck driver drove into oncoming traffic for 20 minutes at high speeds before dying in a fiery crash. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,345428,00.html The truck struck several cars and numerous others were forced off the road, but no one other than the truck’s driver was hurt. The driver was an insulin-dependent diabetic.  “He was basically slumped with his head down, bobbing around, with arms hanging down at his side.  What would your liability be if you had not medically qualified this driver or even worse if the driver had been medically examined and was not qualified and the doctor still issued him a medical card?  Believe it or not the FMCSA would hold the company to be at fault.  WHY?  Because the FMCSA does not regulate the doctors; only trucking...

Tax Credit Available For Propane Used In Forklifts

A generous federal tax credit offered to those using propane in forklifts and other motor vehicles expired at the end of 2009, but those eligible may still claim the credit, at 50 cents per gallon of propane used, for calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009.  A two-step process is necessary.  Users must first register as alternative fuel users with the Internal Revenue Service on IRS Form 637, and, once they receive a registration number, may file for the credit on IRS Form 4136.  Claimants must have records to support their claims for propane purchases for use in forklifts. It is possible that Congress may yet extend the propane credit beyond the end of 2009, but this is still uncertain. Source:...

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