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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Fiery two-truck crash on I-55 near Chicago halts highway traffic

An accident involving two tractor-traoilers and multiple cars on I-55 in Chicago near Cicero resulted in one fatality, according to local reports, and halted traffic on both sides of the Interstate for hours.

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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Reefer, van ‘warming market’ maps for the week

Spring freight volumes are exactly hot in van and reefer, but warming. Usually this time of year, notes DAT's Ken Harper, rates will follow. Some local markets where owner-operators can bring confidence to negotiations detailed here.

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Top 10 most congested freight intersections

ATRI's annual rankings this year gave the dubious distinction of most congested freight chokepoint to the city of Atlanta and its "Spaghetti Junction" north stack interchange at I-285 and I-85.

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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Truck driver shot on I-94 outside Chicago, police searching for gunman

A truck driver was shot in the leg while driving on Interstate 94 in Chicago Wednesday night, according to reports from local media.

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‘High-speed trucking: Chicago rush hour’ from BigRigTravels’ Stephen Michaels

This video by BigRigTravels.com driver Stephen Michaels captures a run through Chicago at rush hour, at high speed (the video, not the truck).

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Tim Rickards presents ‘Chicago merge’

File under: Dashcam Central's "Hall of four-wheeler shame." Says Rickards: "One of many Chicago merges to share just west of the 80-94 split. Plenty of room behind me."

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