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A tractor-trailer crash closed a major N.J. highway in both directions early Wednesday, police said.
A man was seriously injured when a 2,500-lbs. steel beam dislodged from a tractor-trailer on Route 17 and struck a car, police said.
A tractor-trailer carrying tiles became disabled in the center lane on Route 17 northbound in Paramus when its brakes locked up, Paramus Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti.
Another tractor-trailer carrying steel beams was also on Route 17 northbound and tried avoiding crashing into a vehicle entering the highway from Fairview Avenue, police said. It collided with the disabled tractor-trailer, spilling the beams across both sides of the highway, police said.
One of beams struck a 2014 Toyota Corolla on Route 17 South, Guidetti said. The 56-year-old driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Paramus Rescue Squad. He was seriously injured and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, police said.
A 2005 Ford Escort driven by a 48-year-old Midland Park man on Route 17 South was also struck by a steel beam, police said. He complained of chest and back pain. Police did say not if he was taken to the hospital.
Route 17 was closed around 5:15 a.m. in both directions between Century Road and the Rochelle Park Border in Paramus because of a tractor-trailer crash, according to authorities.
Route 17 South was reopened by 7:40 a.m., Route 17 North was reopened by 9:45 a.m.
The Paramus Police Traffic Division and the New Jersey State Police Commercial Carrier Safety Inspection Unit are investigating the crash.
Following successful trials, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler plans to produce a small run of all-electric large commercial trucks for the European market.
These trucks will be made available to a small number of European test customers for 12-month trials, with the deliveries slated to begin later this year.
The decision to go forward with a production vehicle was based on positive reactions to the Mercedes-Benz Urban e-Truck concept unveiled at last fall's 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show.
While Daimler's press release referred to the upcoming production all-electric model as a "heavy-duty" truck, the Urban e-Truck was a slightly less large medium-duty model.
It featured a 212-kilowatt-hour battery pack, allowing for a claimed range of 124 miles.
The tractor was powered by electric motors mounted to the front and rearmost of its three axles, producing a combined 250 kW (335 hp) and 737 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept, 2016 IAA Commercial VehiclesThe production truck will be sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand name, and operators will get support from the automaker's road-testing department during the trial period.
Customers will have the option of a box body, refrigerated box body, or flatbed for the latest electric truck.
The Urban e-Truck was a medium-duty vehicle intended primarily for shuttling cargo relatively short distances around cities, and it's likely the low-volume production model will be aimed at similar dtuties.
Short-range operations keep vehicles close to charging stations, circumventing the range issues that currently bedevil efforts at electric long-haul trucks.
Daimler is currently in talks with "around 20 potential customers from the disposal, foodstuffs, and logistics sector," Mercedes-Benz Trucks boss Stefan Buchner said in a company press release.
Deliveries will start in Germany, followed by other European countries.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept, 2016 IAA Commercial VehiclesDaimler has no apparent plans to offer the electric truck in the U.S., but it's possible that a different electric vehicle could arrive in North America soon.
Alongside the Mercedes truck, Daimler is planning a low-volume production run of the lighter-duty eCanter truck from its Fuso brand this year.
The Fuso eCanter has already been supplied to specific customers for trial programs, but Daimler hopes to make the model more widely available.
This latest initiative will see around 150 vehicles distributed to select customers in the U.S., as well as Europe and Japan, the company said.
“Keep on truckin’, baby,” sang seminal bluesman Blind Boy Fuller in the 1930s. And that’s just what Bethel-based trucking and distribution company NEHDS Logistics has been doing.
Although its 10-years-and-counting existence may pale next to the age of Fuller’s enduring tune, NEHDS is well on its way to achieving the kind of success that fills competitors with envy. The firm’s projected revenue for 2016 was $30.1 million, a 55 percent increase over 2015. The company has a goal of reaching $50 million by 2020.
In addition, it has amassed a fleet of 225 trucks and recently added four locations, bringing it to a total of seven warehouses spread around the Northeast, including Windsor; Colonie, N.Y.; Cranbury, N.J.; Dedham, Mass; and two in New Hampshire. Another is expected to open in Washington, D.C., by early 2018.
Having more than 500 contractors and employees, including 100 at its 65,000-square-foot headquarters at 6B Research Drive in Bethel, NEHDS hired President/Chief Operating Officer Charles Johnson and Chief Marketing Officer Peter Katz in 2016, reflecting its quick rate of growth.
“For the first five or six years, we sort of plodded along,” said co-founder/CEO Gerry Burdo at his Bethel office. “But over the last 18 months or so our growth has really accelerated.”
NEHDS is also something of a family affair: In addition to Burdo, its ranks include his brother-in-law Fred DiMaria as CFO and DiMaria’s wife — and Burdo’s sister — Lisa as billing analyst.
“I probably spent about 30 years around the furniture industry, ending up in charge of (Danbury-based) Ethan Allen’s financial group,” Burdo said. Exiting there for a two-year stint as CEO/CFO at ill-fated Kozmo.com, which promised free one-hour delivery of a variety of consumer goods, Burdo found himself out of work when that company was liquidated in 2001.
Combining his experiences in the furniture and logistics trades seemed to make the most sense, he said, and so NEHDS — the name was originally New England Home Delivery, then North East Home Delivery once it expanded into New Jersey — was born. Adding his brother-in-law, whose past included financial roles at Warner-Lambert and Ernst & Young, as CFO was an easy decision, he said.
“His analytical ability and background helped legitimize us in the early going,” Burdo said. “He helped give us a steady hand.”
One of NEHDS’ first clients, and still a key customer, is Bob’s Discount Furniture. Home to 76 stores and omnipresent ads, the Manchester-headquartered Bob’s Discount Furniture takes advantage of NEHDS’ fulfillment and delivery service, where customized logos are put on delivery trucks driven by NEHDS employees — making for what Burdo maintains is greater personalized service and extended marketing opportunities.
The relationship appears to be solid, and is certainly growing, according to Burdo. Several Bob’s awards cover the Bethel office, and the company has also received kudos from such customers as La-Z-Boy, Williams-Sonoma, Bassett Furniture and Country Willow.
Delivery drivers are required to go through an extensive screening process, including drug testing and criminal background checks, as well as extensive in-house training to become the kind of “ambassadors” that the company has built its reputation upon, he said.
For all that, “We have a very low turnover, which says a lot,” Burdo said. “Our offices were largely empty 18 months ago, and today parking is at a premium.”
LITHIA, FL – UPS says it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of one of its famed package cars, delivering a package to a home and returning to the truck while the driver continues along the route.
The test was conducted in Tampa, Florida on Monday with Ohio-based Workhorse Group, which developed the electric truck and drone used in the test.
The Workhorse HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system includes an octocopter delivery drone that docks on the roof of the truck. A cage underneath the drone extends through a hatch in the truck. The driver loads the package into the cage and sends the rechargeable drone on its pre-set autonomous flight. It has a 30-minute flight time and can carry packages that weigh up to 10 pounds.
“This test is different than anything we’ve done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. “Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road. Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time.”
Saving each of the company’s 66,000 delivery drivers just one mile per day over the course of a year can reportedly save UPS US $50 million.
“Drivers are the face of our company, and that won’t change,” Wallace said. “What’s exciting is the potential for drones to aid drivers at various points along their routes, helping them save time and deliver on increasing customer service needs that stem from the growth of e-commerce.”
“It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical way,” said Stephen Burns, Workhorse founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Last September, UPS staged a mock delivery of medication between Beverly, Massachusetts and an island three miles off the Atlantic Coast. Drones have also been used to deliver blood and vaccines to remote locations in Rwanda.
Wind has the power to ruin a lot of things. It can ruin your good hair day, it can ruin your umbrella and leave you soaked with cold rainwater, it can ruin your golf shot and it can ruin your... oh, ouch, it can definitely ruin your police car.
According to CBS News, wind gusts were up to about 90 mph in Wyoming when this wreck happened on Tuesday. CBS News reports that three state troopers were out on the interstate assisting drivers involved in other wrecks, and then, well, this happened:
The above footage came from a patrol vehicle parked in front of the pancaked one, and CBS News reports that no one was inside of the police car at the time the wind toppled the semi truck over. Neither the driver of the truck nor a passenger were hurt, according to CBS News.
CBS News reports that because of the high winds, the interstate was closed to lightweight, high-profile vehicles—in other words, semi trucks with light trailers that can easily start rolling in heavy winds—and that the truck driver got a citation for driving on it.
Heed the road warnings, friends, and stay away from semi trucks in the wind.
A tractor-trailer accident has closed southbound I-91 in New Haven Tuesday morning on Feb. 14, 2017. Traffic was backed up several miles. The accident that happened before 3 a..m. had southbound traffic being detoured off of Exit 4. State Police say the driver received only minor injuries, but had to extricated from the vehicle
A tractor-trailer truck hauling produce rolled over on I-91 early Tuesday, closing all of I-91’s southbound lanes in New Haven for hours.
State Police say the driver received only minor injuries, but had to extricated from the vehicle.
The accident that happened before 3 a..m. has southbound traffic being detoured off of Exit 4. Traffic is backed up several miles.
Five hours after the accident, two lanes remain closed.
The state Department of Transporation reports that another road is closed because of a tractor-trailer accident. DOT says Route 63 in Bethany is closed between Amity road and Pleasant Drive because of the truck accident that involves another vehicle.
State Police say there were no serious injuries in that accident, but a fuel tank ruptured on the truck.
Traffic is moving on I-95, I-84 and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways with no accidents reported.
The slowest spots are in the usual locations: southbound on I-95 between Bridgeport and Fairfield and southbound on the Merritt from Trumbull to Exit 44 in Fairfield.
Investigators are searching for a cause to a semi-truck fire on Sunday morning in which the driver was found dead.
The Portage Fire Department received a call about 6:15 a.m. Sunday reporting a fire in the parking lot of the Petro Travel Plaza at the Interstate-90/Interstate-39 interchange.
When the five-man crew arrived just before 6:30, the firefighters found a 53-foot semi-truck with its engine and cab fully engulfed in flames.
Wisconsin State Patrol was first on the scene, joined by the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, who searched for the driver as fire was being put out.
After the fire was out, Portage firefighters found the driver, a 57-year-old Idaho man, dead in truck’s sleeper compartment. After conferring with the medical examiner, the body was taken from the truck.
At 9:30 a.m. firefighters cleared the scene.
The name of the driver has not been released, pending notification of family.
The incident is under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Medical Examiner and Portage Fire Department.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) — Trucking companies could soon be looking at an open road without having to pay a tax along the way.
Springfield Representative Tim Butler has co-sponsored a bill that has now moved on to the Senate to repeal a trucking fee.
Currently, trucking companies have to pay a distribution fee in order to do business in the state.
If the bill passes through the Senate and is signed into law, Butler says it could be good for business.
"This was an initiative of the trucking associations and some businesses to really bring Illinois in line with our neighboring states when it comes to some of the trucking regulations that we have a way to make us more competitive with surrounding states,” Rep. Butler said. “Illinois has a great trucking industry, but they're mobile - they're very easy to go into other states."
The Senate is expected to take up the bill when they're back in session next week.
FISHERSVILLE - Wilson Trucking Corp. announced Monday there could be some changes coming to the company.
Wilson Trucking has signed a letter of intent with Central Freight Lines Inc., which will buy certain assets of Wilson Trucking and expand Central Freight Lines' service territory into the Southeastern U.S., a release said.
"This is very good news for the many loyal customers of Wilson," said C.L. Wilson, chairman and CEO of Wilson Trucking, said in a release. "Central Freight Lines has been in business for over 90 years just like Wilson Trucking and I'm confident Wilson's customers will be quite impressed with the many service offerings of Central Freight Lines."
It is unclear about what will happen to the company in Fishersville and its employees and customers.
The News Leader has reached out to Wilson Trucking. But, according to the release, the company said it will continue to provide customers the "best available less-than-load service in the Southeast."
"As with any transaction like this there will be additional information coming out about a wide array of topics," the release said. "Our commitment to you is to keep you informed in a timely fashion about all topics that directly affect our business relationship."
The Texas-based Central Freight Lines is expected to close on the company by March 31.
"This is an important move for Central Freight Lines," said Don Orr, president and CEO of Central Freight Lines, in a release. "It allows us to fulfill our strategy of being the premier coast-to-coast Sunbelt LTL provider in the industry. We look forward to adding Wilson's customers to Central's list of highly satisfied customers."
Wilson Trucking, based out of Fishersville, was started in the early 1920s by C.G. Wilson when he used a Ford Model T pick-up truck to haul products from the Wilson farm to the metro marketplace, its website said.
The company grew with the family's second generation. In the 1950s C.W. Wilson took over until the 1990s. C.L. Wilson, along with T.G. Wilson, are the third generation of the family to run the company, its website said.
Wilson Trucking encompasses nine states and Washington, D.C.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Amidst a heated political debate in Washington about how to best protect our nation's borders, federal agencies are turning their attention to ferreting out corruption within their own ranks and other law enforcement.
"We’re speaking of the anomaly here," said Aaron Poyer, who leads the Detroit Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility. "That agent who succumbs to some life situation that they end up being somehow compromised or enticed by a criminal organization to go to the dark side."
This week, the Detroit offices of the FBI and Customs and Border Protection are launching a campaign against corruption at the US-Canadian border among agents and officers. While border corruption is most prevalent along the U.S and Mexican border, the head of the Detroit FBI says Michigan's border with Canada faces plenty of serious and unique threats every day.
"It might be allowing someone to bring in illegal aliens," said David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI. "It could even be facilitating the entry of a truck into the United States which might contain the components of a bomb."
Corruption among border agents doesn’t always make news, but it is a well-documented problem nationwide. Since 2004, 197 Customs and Border Protection Agents have faced corruption-related charges. Sometimes, those agents are in Detroit.
Only a few months ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Clifton Divers was indicted, accused of conspiring with a Birmingham attorney to allow immigrants to avoid deportation. According to the indictment, Divers falsified official records, claiming that Albanian, Iraqi and Mexican nationals needed to stay in the U.S. because they were assisting in criminal investigations.
He did it, says the indictment, in exchange for more than $5,000 in free legal work. Divers is still awaiting trial. Last Fall, he entered a plea of not guilty.
"For those employees who are involved in facilitating illegal conduct," Gelios said, "they really erode away at the faith the public has in their government and their government officials."
Detecting border corruption isn’t easy. Just this month, six current and former TSA agents were indicted for their role in a massive smuggling operation that spanned 18 years—allegedly accepting bribes to help traffic more than 20 tons of cocaine into the US.
If there are dirty agents or officers here in Detroit, officials are hoping you’ll help blow the whistle. This week, they’re launching a new campaign aimed at soliciting tips. Billboards with the FBI's phone number have been popping up throughout the area asking for information, even if it’s anonymous.
"Somebody knows something," Poyer said. "Someone in the community, a neighbor, a family member, a co-worker. We’re hoping to reach out to people who sense something is wrong."
To report a tip of border corruption, you can call the Detroit FBI at 313 965-2323 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
This semi-truck in one of three involved in a fatal collision Monday in western Preble County. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
The Missouri man who died in a semi crash in Preble County Monday has been identified. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said speed may have been a factor in the crash that killed Theodore Stocker, III, 41, whose semi ran into the back end of a flatbed trailer.
Stocker worked for Swift Transportation. A search of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed Swift Transportation drivers have been involved in more than 650 crashes over the past two years, and of those crashes, 65 were fatal like Monday night’s multi-vehicle crash in Preble County.
Swift transportation has over 21,000 drivers on the road.
A Safety Measurement System report also revealed the company has roughly 40,000 inspections and 31-percent included violations.
Safety Measurement System Report:
Swift Transportation did not return our calls for comment.
Joanne Saunders started her food truck, Jo Jo's Chuck Stop (2102 Janitell Road, 491-3952), out of necessity — most of her customers are drivers for her husband's trucking company, Carefree Heavy Haul, where she worked for 12 years.
"There's nothing down there for truckers and other businesses in the area," she says. Since August 2016, she's been serving them breakfasts, burgers and Southwestern dishes — all with trucking-themed names, from the Trail King, a breakfast burrito, to the Peterbilt, her burger. Her truck and her schedule don't move around much. Her emphasis is on that core diner-base. She's been doing early morning breakfast at nearby Bestway Disposal, but that's about it.
Born in Germany to an Army family, Saunders grew up in the Springs, living in Security/Widefield and now on the Westside.
"I love to travel, I've been to a lot of places, but I'll always call this home," she says.
Between 1995 and 2002, Saunders worked for Western Omelette, eventually leaving to work for Carefree. But after her kids grew up, she found office life dull and returned to Western Omelette, working in a kitchen from 2014 until launching her truck.
"It took me a long time to figure out that this is what I want to do, I want to cook," she says. Her relationship with Western Omelette is still cordial — they're her commissary right now. But she's not serving their green chile. Her recipe uses Pueblo peppers from local farmers markets.
"I didn't want to change the flavor, so I stocked up on them," says Saunders. She later found a year-round seller in Denver, though once the growing season starts, she plans on buying peppers, lettuce and tomatoes from farmers markets once again.
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