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Todd Dills

‘Never in trucking history’

| March 06, 2009

Such was the estimation of Jerry Spires of Spires Trucking in Miramar in South Florida, when he was called on by Associated Press reporter Scott Sonner to comment on a Golden Eagle that crashed through the windshield of one of his trucks. Piloted by Matthew Roberto Gonzalez of Opa Locka, Fla., the rig was rolling down I-80 in Nevada, “>about 60 miles west of the Utah line,” wrote Sonner, when Daryl Young, Gonzalez’ codriver asleep in the bunk, “heard a loud thump like a brick or something coming through the glass,” Young told Sonner. “I woke up, and the windshield was all over me. Next thing I know there was a big bird lying on the floor.”

The eagle survived, and AP photos of rescuers (and at least one of the truck) are available href=””>Digg 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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