September 2001

| February 01, 2002

Short hauls

Weekly $1,000 winners in the Money for Miles Sweepstakes at eTrucker.com include Marianne Michaud of Rochester, N.H.; Caroline Clark of Columbus, Kan.; Ricky Carty of Garland, Texas; and Kelly Stansak of Scottdale, Pa. One registered user of the site will win $1,000 each week through May.

Jeffrey W. Runge, a doctor specializing in emergency medicine, was confirmed as the new leader of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Joseph Clapp, former CEO of Roadway Express, is President Bush’s nominee to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Freightliner announced layoffs of 123 workers at its Gastonia, N.C., plant. The company laid off plant workers in Mount Holly, N.C., and Cleveland, N.C., earlier this year.

More truck parking is needed along I-80, I-90 and U.S. 30, says a study by the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Patriot Transportation Holding will shut down its owner-operator subsidiary, Patriot Transportation, which lost $1.5 million in nine months.

G.I. Trucking and Estes Express Lines announced a partnership, combining communication, administration and computer systems and using one another’s terminals but keeping management separate.

A 16-year-old hiker lost for four days in the San Bernardino National Forest in California was rescued when he flagged down a trucker, Mark Bower. William Parven of Los Angeles will be fine.

A driving instructor was killed at an Indiana truck stop when a trucking trainee accidentally backed into him during a parking exercise, crushing him between two semis. No charges were filed.

Alan Schafer, the South Carolina entrepreneur who turned a modest hot dog stand into the famed I-95 tourist trap South of the Border, notable for its giant sombrero-shaped observation tower and its incessant billboards featuring a mascot named Pedro, died after a long battle with leukemia. He was 87.

TravelCenters of America signed an agreement with Starbucks Coffee to feature a Starbucks store at its new flagship site in Lodi, Ohio.

The kidnapping of 22-month-old Emily Propps resulted in prison sentences for Ulanda Kay McCulley and Brian Keith McCulley of Dexter, Mo., panhandlers who used the child to win sympathy at truck stops. Emily was found and returned to her parents in October with the help of truckers nationwide.

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