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Hall County Fire Services is on the scene of a truck stuck in a sinkhole at Diamond Auto Spa.
A 55,000-pound truck is still stuck in a sinkhole this morning in the parking lot of Diamond Auto Spa in Oakwood.
Heavy machinery has been trucked to the scene.
Terry Towing was set to pull the truck out, but according to the company, the owners of the car shop decided to go with a different towing company.
Jason Spencer, public works director for the City of Oakwood, said the city’s involvement is over for now, too.
The sinkhole appears to have been caused by an old storm drain that caved in.
“It doesn't look like there was any damages to city infrastructure, only private property, and (we) won’t be able to assess any further until the truck has been removed,” Spencer said.
Diamond Auto Spa is back in business after the commotion shut down Wallis Road, a side road in Oakwood, for most of Tuesday. The road may be closed part of today as well.
In an effort to pull the truck out, crews began working as soon as the call came in at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday.
Terry Towing was still working to pull the truck out by 5:45 p.m., but ran into a problem with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA didn’t approve of its plans to send a man into the hole, have him rig up the truck and pull it out with the company’s towers.
“It's not going to be quick, simple or easy (getting it out),” Travis Terry said.
By 6 p.m. they were working on a plan to cut a larger hole, about 15 feet, so they could “drive” the truck out of the hole. Digging the hole deeper would lower the front two wheels, which were suspended in the air.
The truck belongs to the Badger Daylighting company, which specializes in hydrovac trucks and is based out of Canada.
Workers from Badger on site had no comment.
Water carried by the truck and about 150 gallons of fuel and were unloaded before work to remove the truck began. About 5 gallons of fuel leaked into the hole, Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said.
The state Environmental Protection Division and utility companies were notified. No one was injured.
Hall County Fire Services were on standby for most of Tuesday, packing up their trucks by around 5 p.m.
A week after it filed court papers to have its bankruptcy case reinstated, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking GP LLC has withdrawn the request.
At a court hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Craig Gargotta on Tuesday, no explanation was given for why one of the companies of the late trucking tycoon Bill Hall Jr. didn’t want the case reinstated. Nonetheless, the judge signed off on the request to withdraw the motion to reinstate the case.
Gargotta had dismissed the bankruptcy on Jan. 5 after the company missed a November deadline to file its reorganization plan and proof of property insurance.
The company owns a fleet of trucks and trailers that are operated by a related company, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking Ltd., to haul gravel and other materials for road construction.
Trucking Ltd. filed its own Chapter 11 case in November and remains in bankruptcy. Before Trucking GP LLC’s bankruptcy was dismissed, a court filing indicated a combined reorganization plan would be filed for both companies.
Frances Hall, a company manager who put Trucking GP LLC into bankruptcy in June, was later convicted in the 2013 death of her husband, Bill Hall Jr. She is serving a two-year prison sentence.
WASHINGTON — Six major motor carriers have filed a request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for an exemption from current federal regulations in order to allow hair analysis in lieu of urine testing for pre-employment controlled substances testing of commercial driver’s license holders.
The six are: J.B. Hunt Transport, Schneider, Werner Enterprises, Knight Transportation, Dupré Logistics and Maverick Transportation.
According to a Federal Register notice to be published Thursday, the six carriers currently conduct pre-employment urine testing that satisfies the Department of Transportation’s requirements as well as hair analysis separate from the DOT controlled substances and alcohol testing program.
According to the exemption notice, the applicants believe their data “. . . demonstrate that hair analysis is a more reliable and comprehensive basis for ensuring detection of controlled substance use” and that the exemption would enable these fleets to discontinue pre-employment urine testing.
FMCSA is requesting public comments on the carriers’ application.
Under the exemption, the carriers would conduct pre-employment tests using hair analysis only, rather than hair analysis in addition to urine testing, and individuals with negative test results would be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions for the employer. Individuals testing positive would not be allowed to perform safety-sensitive functions until the drivers completed the return-to-duty process as spelled out in FMCSA regulations.
In addition, the applicants would share the positive hair testing results with prospective employers in response to safety performance inquiries, according to the Federal Register notice.
Last October, transportation companies (all of the above carriers except Werner) affiliated with The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, known as the Trucking Alliance petitioned FMCSA to allow hair testing in lieu of a urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers, but did not formally request an exemption. The FMCSA, however, is subservient to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services, in the area of testing for controlled substance abuse, and likely could not grant such as exemption without SAMHSA’s approval.
“Maverick has had 108 people apply for truck driver positions who cleared the mandatory urine
exam but failed our hair test,” said Steve Williams, president of the Trucking Alliance and
Chairman and CEO of Maverick Transportation, when the petition was filed last year. “We denied them employment, but they likely found work at other trucking companies because we can’t share those positive hair test results with those businesses.”
“We have a responsibility to the general public that our industry’s drivers are drug and alcohol
free,” said Williams. “But this loophole enables drug users to skirt the system.”
According to the petition, hair exams are more reliable than a urinalysis.
For example, Psychemedics, a leading hair testing laboratory, estimates that 85 percent of the drug users identified by its hair testing process would be missed by a urinalysis, the Alliance said in a news release.
The process and deadline for filing comments will be included in the Federal Register notice Thursday.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – ZF announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it is working with NVIDIA to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems that will enable the development of autonomously driven commercial trucks and other vehicles.
The ZF ProAI platform for automated highway driving will allow vehicles to better understand their environment by using deep learning to process sensor and camera data, the company announced. The two companies are also working together to develop more advanced technologies for autonomous driving.
“With NVIDIA, we are bringing the supercomputing power required for artificial intelligence into cars and commercial vehicles,” said ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer. “ZF is enabling vehicles to see, think and act. NVIDIA’s AI platform lets us take a giant leap forward when it comes to enabling vehicles – whether cars, trucks or forklifts – to think.”
ZF ProAI will use the NVIDIA Drive PX 2 AI computing platform to process inputs from multiple cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors. It will be able to determine in real-time what is happening around the vehicle, ZF explained, and then precisely locate itself on a high-definition map and plan a safe path forward.
“In addition to autonomous cars, we see may opportunities to bring this technology to commercial vehicles and other industrial applications,” said Torsten Gollewski, head of advanced engineering at ZF. “AI-capable software and deep learning will become more prevalent in many AI industries in the coming years.”
A driver who flipped a truck into the median of I-70 Tuesday evening fell asleep at the wheel before the crash, according to police at the scene.
Police told our crew the driver, travelling in the eastbound lane of the highway, almost went into the westbound lane before overcorrecting and turning the tuck on its side.
The unidentified driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and will be charged with failure to control, according to police.
Our crew at the scene reports traffic is moving while crews address the crash in the median of the highway.
The far left lanes of I-70 East and West in Clark County are closed because of a wreck involving a large Ryder moving and storage truck that is on its side and in mud.
Multiple rescue crews and Ohio Highway Patrol troopers are on the scene, which is east of Springfield and in the area of U.S. 40 (East National Road).
According to a dispatch report, which has not been confirmed, the driver is telling authorities he fell asleep as he was heading west on the interstate. He and his passenger were trapped in the wreckage, according to police/fire dispatch reports.
The accident was dispatched about 7:15 p.m.
We have a crew on scene and we’ll update this report as information becomes available.
WALCOTT, Iowa – Cat Scale Company celebrated the 40th anniversary of what the company said was ‘striving to provide professional drivers with the most accurate weights possible.’
Truckstop entrepreneur Bill Moon founded Cat Scale and introduced the first totally automated, full-length platform scale giving drivers for the first time access to scales that could weight their entire truck and trailer unit all at once and be unconditionally guaranteed by the company if any issues were to arise.
“My dad talked with drivers every day and was always trying to figure out ways to make their job easier,” said Delia Moon Meier, Cat Scale senior vice-president. “We still follow that same philosophy. It’s evident in everything we do here.”
Now the largest truck scale network in the world, Cat Scale has over 1,750 locations in Canada and the US.
“We understand that time is money for drivers and fast, accurate weighing it is important. That is why we invest so much in technology and preventative maintenance,” said Meier. “Thank you to our dedicated employees, truckstop partners and our customers for helping us achieve this important milestone. We are very grateful for your hard work and continued support.”
Cat Scale also offers the Weigh My Truck app for smartphones and tablets allowing drivers to weigh and pay from their devices.
It's going take a lot of quarters pay these tolls.
The owner of a New Jersey trucking company has been busted for racking up more than $1 million in unpaid tolls and fees.
New Jersey state troopers report Lester Morales was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport, while trying to board a flight to Aruba.
Police say Morales' trucking company had 100 trucks going through electronic toll collection lanes more than 100 times a day.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit their 2016 USDOT drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days, as directed by Federal Regulation CFR 382.403.
Carriers notified by FMCSA that they have been selected to complete the annual survey are required to respond by March 15, 2017. Failure to respond may result in civil penalties.
All of the changes happening in Washington, D.C. have some in the trucking industry renewing their focus on a piece of legislation originally introduced a little less than a year ago that would prevent enforcement of state laws regarding driver pay and other employment issues.
INDOT said a semi truck struck the U.S. 36/Rockville Road bridge, leaving debris from the bridge all over the road. Bridge inspectors were sent to the scene.
Indiana State Police said drivers should expect major delays and didn't have a timeline for when the interstate would reopen. "Several" cars were damaged by falling debris when the semi hit the bridge. One woman suffered minor injuries, police said, after part of the overpass fell into her car. She was taken to Eskenazi Hospital with a broken arm.
Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Dave Bursten told FOX59 that the truck was carrying a mobile car crusher, which inadvertently raised up during transit and struck the bridge. Bursten likened the damaged pavement on Rockville Road to earthquake damage. The armature on the car crusher raked along the underside of the bridge and punched up the pavement on Rockville Road above, raining concrete down on other vehicles.
“I would not have been surprised at all, after what I saw there, if you told me there were two or three people critically injured and one or two people had been killed. Would not have shocked me at all," Bursten said Tuesday.
He said it was only "by the grace of God" that the injuries weren't more serious.
Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police said traffic on I-465 northbound won't be able to go north of I-70; that's where the interstate is closed. West side traffic going north on I-465 will have to exit on I-70 East or I-70 West. Southbound lanes remained open.
INDOT didn't say how long the interstate would be closed, but drivers should expect a closure of significant length. Rockville Road was originally closed, but at least one lane has been reopened in each direction to provide local access across the I-465 bridge.
Access to northbound I-465 is closed from Sam Jones Parkway and U.S. 40/West Washington Street, INDOT said.
According to the Wayne Township Fire Department, the county health department and a hazmat unit were called to the scene in response to a fuel spill. A crash on 465 southbound also slowed traffic in the area.
Nate Riggs with INDOT said it will take "some time" to assess the damage and clean up the site. He couldn't give an estimate on what repairs would be required or how long it would take.
The officer of Gov. Eric Holcomb released the following statement about the crash:
The Governor is aware of the bridge strike involving a semi-trailer on I-465 and Rockville Road in Indianapolis and is grateful no lives were lost in the accident. Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation are keeping him apprised of the situation as it develops. Governor Holcomb has directed the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation to coordinate with local authorities to clear the area and ensure safety and traffic flow as quickly as possible.
A truck plant explosion in a small southeastern Minnesota town injured six people Wednesday but many more employees could have been hurt, authorities said.
Many employees at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing Inc. in Dodge Center who would have been in the area of the paint shop explosion were off-site at a training exercise when the blast happened around 10:30 a.m., Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said.
Six people were injured, Rose said. Two were flown by medical helicopter to a St. Paul hospital and two were taken by ambulance to a Rochester hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available. Another two were being treated at the scene for minor medical issues, the sheriff said.
McNeilus is part of Oshkosh Corp. in Wisconsin. Oshkosh Corp. spokeswoman Katie Hoxtell said five injured employees were “under medical care.” She said she could not give details.
Rose said it’s his understanding “it was quite an explosion.” All employees have been accounted for, he said.
The complex closed production for the day, and investigators remained inside. Rose said the scene is safe and the road outside the complex has reopened after being closed following the explosion.
The company will work with local authorities on the investigation, Hoxtell said. Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health investigators also will investigate, agency spokesman James Honerman said.
The plant, on a 145-acre campus, makes cement trucks and refuse trucks and is a major employer in Dodge Center, a town of 2,700 about 70 miles southeast of the Twin Cities. Employment fluctuates between 1,000 and 1,200, Mayor Bill Ketchum said.
“Anytime you have something like that — big town or small town — it’s a tragic thing. It could have been a lot worse than it was,” Ketchum said.
Two Baltimore truckers are in custody on suspicion of stabbing a man over a debt at the TA West truck stop at 4265 E. Guasti Road in Ontario.
Two Baltimore truck drivers are behind bars after allegedly stabbing a man over a debt at an Ontario truck stop late Sunday, officials said.
Ibragim Zavutatze and Sherali Komilov, both 25, were arrested at the TA West truck stop at 4265 E. Guasti Road after the alleged attack, according to jail records.
Ontario police were called to the truck stop about 11:30 p.m. for the stabbing, according to Sgt. Jeff Higbee.
A security officer managed to detain both men until officers arrived.
Authorities learned the men allegedly attacked the victim over a debt owed to the trucking company, according to police reports.
The victim received several stab wounds and cuts to the face, arms and back. Paramedics took him to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton with non-life-threatening injuries.
Zavutatze and Komilov were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Both men are being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $1 million bail each.
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