Government, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Report: Key Changes Needed to Prevent Fiery Rail Crashes

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A prestigious scientific organization on Oct. 11 called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
October 12, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Fleet of Self-Driving Cars in Pittsburgh Back on Road After Crash


Uber grounded its fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh for a few hours the morning of Sept. 18 as the company investigated a crash involving one of its vehicles.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Automation Faulted by NTSB in 2016 Fatal Florida Crash

Raindrops rest on the badge of Tesla Inc. Model X electric automobile in a parking lot in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Alex Kraus/ Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc.’s design of its Autopilot system contributed to a 2016 fatal crash in Florida, accident investigators concluded as they recommended all automakers prevent autonomous driving systems from being used on roads for which they are not designed.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Minnesota Legislators Debate Who Pays if Freight Train, Light Rail Collide

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Residents have long worried about plans for Southwest light rail to operate alongside freight trains hauling ethanol, especially in densely populated areas such as Minneapolis.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
April 4, 2017
Business, Safety

Panelists Push for Better Crash Data, Technology at Truck Safety Hearing

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Improving truck crash data and monitoring of high­-risk carriers are among the key factors that will lead to improved heavy truck safety, a panel of trucking experts told a Senate Commerce subcommittee last week.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Wisconsin Using Grants to Reduce Crashes

C. Holmes/Flickr

For a third straight year, Wisconsin’s State Patrol has received federal and state funding in hopes of continuing to reduce large truck crashes in the state. The yearlong grants of nearly $500,000, which boosted the three-year total over $700,000, took effect Oct. 1.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2016
Business, Safety

In Ohio, Large Trucks Get the Blame, but Car Drivers Cause Majority of Wrecks

Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News

Nationwide, fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses have dropped for decades. But with more trucks and more small cars on the road, the number of truck-involved crashes on Ohio roads has been rising in recent years.

Thomas Gnau | Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)
September 13, 2016
Business, Safety

DA Moves to Have Charges Dropped Against Total Transportation of Mississippi

A Georgia district attorney requested on July 6 that five vehicular homicide charges and two lesser counts against Total Transportation of Mississippi resulting from an April 2015 crash be dismissed.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
July 7, 2016
Business, Safety

Total Transportation President Says Company Will Fight Charges

John Stomps, president of Total Transportation of Mississippi, responded June 21 to the recent indictment of his company in Bryan County, Georgia, in the wake of the April 2015 crash that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students and injured two others.

Transport Topics
June 21, 2016
Business, Safety

Four Families Settle Georgia Truck Accident Lawsuits

Total Transportation of Mississippi, the employer of a tractor-trailer driver blamed for a fiery interstate crash that killed five Georgia nursing students, has agreed to settle multiple wrongful death lawsuits for large sums, with at least one victim’s family receiving $14 million, attorneys in the case said April 20.

Staff and Wire Reports
April 22, 2016