Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011

CLARIFICATION. Timothy Brady’s consulting firm, truckersu.com, and his collaboration in developing Doug Bench’s trucking business, were omitted in “Adding a Truck” in the June Overdrive.

APRIL TRUCK TONNAGE as measured by the American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 0.7 percent from March.The April figure was 4.8 percent higher than a year earlier.

TRUCKING EMPLOYMENT slowed in May as the industry added only 100 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Through April, payroll employment in trucking for the year had risen by 18,000. Compared with May 2010, trucking payroll employment is up 3.2 percent.

CLASS 8 TRUCK ORDERS for all major North American truck makers in May dropped 37 percent to 24,063 from a historically high 37,922 units reported in April, FTR Associates said. Despite the decline, orders were still 85 percent higher than prior-year levels. Also, orders received in the last six months project to an annualized 337,600 units, significantly above the same period a year earlier.

Highway Angel named

Alton Greeson, a driver for Transport America of Eagan, Minn., was named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel for attempting to save a baby’s life.

On April 24, Greeson was about to go through a toll booth near Carteret, N.J., when he saw an overturned pick-up truck on a barrier that separated the toll lanes. He approached the pick-up and saw a baby lying on the floor, not breathing.

Greeson began performing pediatric CPR on the baby until a state trooper arrived. He and Greeson cleared the baby’s blocked airway and used a defibrillator to keep the baby alive until emergency personnel arrived. The baby, however, did not survive.

“If I ever see anything like it again, I’ll definitely be helping again,” Greeson said. “Even if a load is late, a life is more important.”

— Staff reports


ALABAMA. An initial $1.5 million in Federal Highway Administration funds is available to the state to pay for emergency repairs to highways damaged during April tornadoes. It is anticipated the cost of repairs will exceed $10 million.

ARIZONA. Nearly 20 miles of U.S. 60 has been closed from Springerville to the New Mexico state line due to the Wallow Fire. This closure stretches from Milepost 384 to 401. More than 200 miles of state highways are closed due to major wildfires. Other closed highways include U.S. 180 and U.S. 191.

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