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Todd Dills

Biden on the boards / Teamster at the DNC

| September 05, 2008

Joe Biden’s remarks over the years have included references to the truck driver who was driving the tractor-trailer that collided with his wife’s car in the early 1970s, killing her and Biden’s daughter and injuring their two sons. Some drivers were surprised to learn of the reality of that wreck from Inside Edition’s August 27 story on the incident. Biden, see, has often referred to reports that the truck driver had just come from a meal wherein he “>drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch.” As Inside Edition reported, though, the truck driver, Curtis Dunn (who died in 1999 at age 74), was never charged with any violation at all — in fact, Biden’s wife had simply not seen him coming down the highway when she pulled into the road from a stop sign. Asked about the apparent discrepancies in the historical record and his statements, Biden offered little except that the incident was hard on all parties involved. Some posters over at Truck.Net had more to say, of course.

And while Truckers and Citizens United was calling for a parade protest at the Republican National Convention earlier this week, Teamster Local 299 Recording Secretary and former car hauler Roy Gross was basking in the afterglow of his speech at the Democratic National Convention. In case you missed it, its on YouTube here. One thought on it: didn’t the so-called “>New Economy” originate under Clinton? strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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