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March 23, 2015
30 Truckers Hit With Tickets

30 truck operators hit with tickets following 193-vehicle pileup on I-94...

Thirty truck drivers have received tickets for their involvement in a 193-vehicle crash that occurred Jan. 9 on I-94 in southwestern Michigan killing a Canadian trucker.

Michigan State Police (MSP) this week announced it has concluded its investigation and says a total of 58 people, including the drivers of commercial vehicles, will be ticketed for what it calls “violation of basic speed law.”

The two related pileups — one in the westbound lanes and the other opposite it in the eastbound lanes — closed I-94 for two days. The crashes began at 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 9 during a period of heavy snow near east of Kalamazoo.

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March 17, 2015
Seatbelt Safety Report

Hundreds of truckers die annually from not wearing seatbelt...

A recent federal teleconference highlighted that 33 percent of truckers who died in 2012 crashes had skipped seat belts, but up to 40 percent would have lived if they had buckled up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented “Keeping Truckers Safe on the Road” March 10. The CDC’s Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference noted that 14 percent of long-haul drivers are at increased risk for injury and death because they do not use a seat belt on every trip.

In 2012, 697 truckers died in crashes, the CDC said, and 26,000 were injured — numbers that could have been much lower had seatbelts been worn, the agency says.

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March 09, 2015
Cool $5M Gone

Truckers could be suspected in $5M gold bar cargo theft ...

Following an odd cargo theft earlier this week — in which roughly $5 million in gold bars were stolen from the back of a tractor-trailer heading from Miami to Massachusetts — authorities have begun to question whether the two truckers piloting the rig were involved.

The drivers made a sudden and unscheduled stop along a rural stretch of Interstate 95 in North Carolina on Sunday night. They both subsequently got out of the truck’s cab, when three men in a cargo van pulled up next to the truck, held the truckers at gunpoint, tied them up and then stole the 275 pounds of gold from the trailer.

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