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Todd Dills

No use crying over this

| October 02, 2008

What began as a contest between brother and sister to find “the strangest items to be spilled on the road” has now taken on a life of its own, says Dave Ference, operator of Alligators, bees, lots of beer and milk (pictured) are among the more interesting. The most recent calamity involved a truck that overturned in August between Parshall and Makoti, N.D., on the way to a launching station while carrying a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile rocket booster.

After getting several comments from truck drivers worried about the health of the haulers after the crashes mentioned on the site, Ference instituted a policy of not posting any spill in which a death occurred. “I try to determine the condition of the driver before posting any spill,” he says. The Bethlehem, Pa., resident also maintains, where he sells his handmade plush dolls and other toys to adults and kids alike. Be sure to check out the October edition of Channel 19 in Overdrive, where this item first appeared.
  • Dave Ference

    I just want to clarify a statement in your article. I didn’t change my policy due to comments. My policy has always been not to post accidents with deaths. I had recently seen comments in some blogs that made me want to reassure truckers in particular that an accident in which a friend or colleague has died will not be posted on our site. I have a great respect for truckers and I just wanted to convey that.BR/Thanks,BR/Dave FerenceBR/ 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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