tornadoes

Trucking continues coming to Joplin aid

The stories about relief efforts in Joplin keep coming in. Before I get to a couple more, I thought I'd take a moment to note that I will be out of the office through June 7, though Channel 19 will continue to bring all manner of side routes and byways into the industry in my time away. Definitely keep ears on Monday for an awesome Memorial Day dispatch by Overdrive managing editor Lucinda Coulter. (If ...

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Keys Truckers on Joplin relief mission; Open weather webinar tomorrow

Last time I saw Keys Truckers Jan (pictured, with Rocky) and James McCarter they were right here in Nashville for the grand reopening of the downtown TravelCenters of America location, which had been closed since the flooding last May. Today, the Keys sent word out I thought Midwest haulers may well be able to act on. They posted to their website that they'll "be arriving at the Oak Grove Petro" with their "Truckers Tracks Touring ...

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Trucker Weather Watch storm spotters want you

Former long-hauler and current Traffic Control Supervisor/Driver for Stripe Rite, based near Seattle, Sean Kiaer in April 2006 was a front-line witness to the formation of a tornado in Tennessee. He called 911 from the cab at the time to report the storm, which was headed directly for the town of Newbern, Tenn., but realized his own and the 911 operator's limitations in getting information about the tornado out to the people who needed it most, ...

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Analyst: Blame Fed’s liquidity flood for high oil/diesel

The good news is that skyrocketing oil prices, like slasher movies, are truly frightening only the first time you watch one. They get less scary with repetition. But being less scary doesn't change the basic facts. Markets need both hedgers and speculators to function properly. When they lose balance, they no longer function according to true supply and demand. --journalist Ed Wallace, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek Up, up, up... Excessive speculation is taken as a given ...

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Ohio small fleet providing tornado relief

Buddy Allen of the 15-truck New Era Trucking fleet in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is calling on Northeast Ohio residents to help fill a 53-foot dry van's worth of non-perishable food, water and other goods to haul south to assist residents affected by last week's tornadoes. WKYC-TV News Channel 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported yesterday on Allen's effort, to which he'll dedicated a rig in his fleet and all associated transport costs. Click on the image ...

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Missouri, North Carolina issue trucking waivers

States have temporarily lifted some trucking regulations to cope with damage left by recent storms and tornadoes.

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Tornado caught on owner-operators’ webcam

Owner-operators Randy Moyano and Ann Burt (pictured) run in a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a Fontaine RGN with Superior stinger axle for heavy/overdimensional loads, leased to Greentree Transportation. I met the pair a week ago today in Lebanon, Tenn., where I took this picture. They were deadheading west then all the way to Oklahoma to pick up an oversize load that would take them back to North Carolina. By Wednesday morning this week, they were stopped ...

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Braving the storm — two haulers’ Birmingham tornado stories

"I just spent all day yesterday cleaning up tornado damage," Overdrive Trucker of the Year Dan Heister told me this morning. Heister (pictured) was loaded heading south on I-65 bound for Saginaw, Ala., Wednesday afternoon, when he could see the big tornado that made its way into Cullman, Ala., around 3 p.m. that afternoon. "I kept the hammer down and got about four miles south of it" before it made the interstate, he says, then kept ...

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Killer tornadoes smash Southeast

Alabama has been declared a federal disaster area and the governor has sought expedited federal assistance.

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CSA: Compliance plus or safety politics?

Below, a new vid below from my reporting on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. But first, a note about the storms that ripped through the Southeast yesterday, with a particularly large tornado moving straight through the southern part of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the town where Overdrive and Truckers News offices are located. I'm based off-site in Nashville, so my read on the situation there is from afar, but I'm happy to report at least that the ...

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