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No use crying over this

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 truckspills.com. 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 ...

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Down the road, feeling good

"Sticker Steve" Stone of Barstow, Calif. (928-899-1771), sketched this patch design for members of the Road Dogs on Hogs truck drivers/motorcyclist group,

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Our way or the highway

A new Ontario Trucking Association vehicle sticker (pictured) encourages highway safety by taking aim at aggressive motorists, reports CityNews.ca. The new sticker comes in part at the urging of Debbie Virgoe, the wife of trucker David Virgoe, killed in an accident after he swerved to miss a pair of highway-racing four-wheelers that had crashed. Part of a larger OTA campaign, stickers can be ordered by sending an email to

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Learning by example

How Not to Respond to Towing Companies, and Police1. A Portland, Ore., tow-truck driver got the angry towee of a lifetime in a local woman who -- after a crowd surrounded the driver's truck one recent eventful night at a Portland apartment complex as he attempted to make away with the woman's vehicle -- responded to the driver's offer to release the vehicle for the $150 towing charge by setting the truck ablaze. She was ...

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Chasing the tailgaters

One of Columbus Dispatch political cartoonist Joe Stahler's June 2008 sketches sends up motorists' unsafe driving habits, love of NASCAR and concern for fuel mileage, not necessarily in that order. It features a highway patrolman standing just outside a four-wheeler driver's door writing a ticket. The speech bubble extending from the driver and floating above the roof of his sedan has the driver saying, ">I wasn't tailgaiting, Officer... I was drafting."So-called hypermilers, four-wheelers who ride ...

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Tale of two headlines

Contrast these two headlines, both above stories detailing the group Truckers and Citizens of America's protest convoy to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 23:"Trucker Protest Runs Out of Gas" --at the website of third-party-logistics focused magazine Traffic Worldand"Truckers Come Together to Protest Fuel Prices" --at the website of the Washington PostWhile both stories are pretty even-handed, the headline of the first goes a little farther than just basic description of the story's contents. To the ...

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On a more serious note

Today, Tennessee DOT workers killed in the line of duty are honored at the Tennessee Smith County Welcome Center off I-40, as Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joins family members at 10:30 AM, Central time, to dedicate the brand-new Highway Worker Memorial. The new black granite memorial honors the 106 highway workers lost on duty since 1948. Following the unveiling of the memorial, the names of each of those workers will be read ...

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Beats ‘Where’s the Beef?’

Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine's wife, Edie, shot this quite unique advertising slogan -- ">DRINKAMUGAMILKAMEAL," just right of the cow -- on a tank trailer while in Oregon, hiking the Cascades. Turns out the tanker's one of a fleet of stainless milk (duh) tanks owned by Milky Way, a division of Lynden Tank Co. of Lynden, Wash., milk delivery giant in the Pacific Northwest since 1940.Channel 19 is the blog version of the column ...

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New Advantage When Spec’ing a Cummins SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on the road?

This thread on Prime's driver forum is more than a little hilarious, we do say (go, Prime drivers!), particularly in light of our recent Bigfoot post. The Prime forum thread details various strange things seen on the road, including a nugget from our neck of the woods: Brian Baine notes, ">You can't beat seeing the 60+ year old lot lizard at the Flying J in Birmingham, AL."In the Channel 19 column upcoming in the October ...

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Do they look like truckers to you?

The southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers -- led by Patterson Hood, son of soon-to-be Musicians Hall-of-Famer David Hood of the infamous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section -- is back from its first European tour, co-headlining with Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis, Springsteen-like rollers the Hold Steady. And now they head out on the U.S. highway. Tonight they're in Norfolk, Va., at the NorVa, Saturday in Charlottesville and Sunday in Baltimore, promoting their new album, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, the ">Truckers" ...

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