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Overdrive Staff | May 01, 2011

Curl, seeing the driver was unconscious, unfastened the man’s seatbelt and dragged him away seconds before the train collided with the stranded vehicle.

Other finalists included Jaime Avitia, of El Paso, Texas, a driver for Stagecoach Cartage, who administered CPR on an accident victim who didn’t have a pulse; Bill Howard, of Litchfield, Neb., an operator for Howard Transportation, who called for emergency assistance and provided assurance to a severely injured driver; and David Nelson, of Orlando, Fla., a driver for Werner Enterprises, who performed CPR and revived a 7-year-old girl who was not breathing.

— Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

A PROPOSED 1099 tax reporting mandate has been repealed by the U.S. Senate. The 1099 requirement was passed in 2010 as part of the health care reform law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This provision would have forced all businesses to issue a Form 1099 to vendors from whom they buy $600 worth of goods or more annually, and was scheduled to take effect in 2012.

FOR-HIRE FREIGHT DECLINED in February in two indices. American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 2.9 percent after increasing a revised 3.5 percent in January. For-hire freight declined 1.5 percent in February from January, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

TRAFFIC FATALITIES in 2010 fell to the lowest levels since 1949, despite a significant increase in the number of miles driven, reports the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s early projections, the number of traffic fatalities fell 3 percent from 33,808 in 2009 to 32,788 last year. Since 2005, fatalities have dropped 25 percent.



Trucker Buddy recognizes driver pen pals

Trucker Buddy International recognized its monthly winners from 2010 during a luncheon in Louisville, Ky. The program helps educate students via a pen pal relationship between drivers and children in grades K-8.

The December Trucker Buddy honoree, Mercer driver Steven Dyer, got a special treat when four students at the school where he volunteers, Carr Creek Elementary in Hindman, Ky., talked about their relationship with Dyer.

The 2010 honorees were:

• Mike Shultz, who drives for Henderson Trucking.

• Shelia Logan, Interstate Distributor.

• Jacab Person, K&B Transportation.

• Steven Dyer, Mercer Transportation.

• Allen Button, WEL Companies. 

• Carl Ziehlke, Walmart. 

• Herbert Wells, Prime Inc. 

• Richard and Linda Thomas, Interstate Distributor.

• Chuck Lobsiger, Walmart.

• Mike and Kristy Seastrom, Tri-State Motor Transit Co.

• Chris Winkler, Zernicke Trucking.

• Chris Sawyer, Old Dominion.

Trucker Buddy previously announced it would take nominations for its new Teacher of the Month Award. Winning teachers will be recognized at the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas each June.

— Max Heine



SHORT HAULS

METAL COIL HAULERS will get a two-year exemption from certain commodity-specific cargo securement rules, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided. The Flatbed Carrier Safety Group applied for an exemption to allow carriers to secure coils grouped in rows with eyes crosswise and coils in contact with each other in the longitudinal direction. Operators will be able to use FMCSA’s pre-Jan. 1, 2004 cargo securement procedures.

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