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Alert network for missing drivers formed

  Any time a driver goes missing out on the road it's a nightmare for back-office personnel, friends and, of course, the family back home. A recent case spawned a Facebook group dedicated to resolving disappearances more quickly through the crowd-sourcing that online social networks have made easy. The Missing Truck Driver Alert Network was launched by Kari Fisher and Hal Kiah after North Carolina hauler Mark Williams Sr. was reported missing after he failed to make ...

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Divine intervention at its best: A truck accident in Guam

What happens when a loaded straight dump loses its brakes on a downhill run and collides head-on with a tanker truck loaded with jet fuel? Not what you might expect. Reporter Brett Kelman, writing in the Pacific Daily News, reports that Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (pictured) was proclaiming the relatively ho-hum aftermath, with mostly minor injuries, as an act of God. On the way to the big collision, the dump missed the governor by a mere ...

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Long-haul literary: Former owner-operator’s memoir of the life

Marc Mayfield (pictured) didn’t set out to write a book when, after a lot of college – “some of it was wasted time,” he says -- and several less-than-successful, half-hearted career choices, he jumped into a job choice he’d long ago entertained as a possibility. “I really enjoyed driving big trucks,” he says, which is evident in the long-haul portrait – warts and all – that is his new literary memoir In the Driver’s Seat: Interstate ...

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Crete and Shaffer start veteran training program

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking are now offering a training program for military veterans as part of the companies’ already-existing driver training programs.

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Pilot makes donation to TCA

Pilot Flying J gave the Truckload Carriers Association a $10,000 donation to assist the organization with its trucking image campaign.

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Navistar training facility opens

A new Navistar product support facility opened in Woodridge, Ill., the Warrenville-based engine and International brand truck maker announced. The 70,000-square-foot facility houses an office area, three classrooms, a photo and video studio, computer lab, a tool and fabrication shop and training space for dealer and fleet technicians. The center will be used to host dealer and customer technician training. Find out more about the center at Navistar.

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May’s Trucker Buddy selected

Crete Carrier driver Dave Anderson has been named Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month for May, the nonprofit outreach Trucker Buddy International announced. He volunteers with Jenny Gubbels’ third-grade class at Woodland Park Elementary in Norfolk, Neb., as part of the nonprofit’s mission to promote the trucking industry and help students in scholastic achievement. Read more about Anderson's accomplishment at Trucker Buddy International.

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Truck parking casualties of the Minnesota government shutdown

As if drivers and owner-operators didn't have enough parking problems, the government shutdown in Minnesota will make it at least a wee bit -- if not more than that, of course -- more difficult to find a decent spot if taking off-duty rest in the state's borders. Monday, a state judge denied the Minnesota Trucking Association's petition to keep the rest areas open, stating that, according to the MTA, rest area operations were "non-critical government ...

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