News roundup, Sept. 23: Woman bites truck-stop camel, fuel prices jump following Saudi attack

Updated Sep 24, 2019

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Sept. 23, 2019:

Things to remember if you ever have a camel sit on top of you
Strange things were afoot at the Tiger Truck Stop along I-10 in Grosse Tete, La., reported the Baton Rouge Advocate, when a couple and their dog found their ways past clearly visible signs warning them to keep out into the enclosure housing Caspar, a dromedary that moved in at the truck-stop site following the death of Tony, the longtime Bengal tiger resident.

As wrote Advocate reporters Josh Axelrod and Youssef Rddad, the woman of the pair had entered the enclosure to attempt to retrieve her dog, who’d squeezed under fencing surrounding Caspar. Reportedly somewhat aggressive in her interactions with the camel, the woman then found herself being sat on by the animal.

She had a solution for that, as Axelrod and Youssef Rddad reported: “She said, … ‘I bit his testicles to get him off of me,’” Iberville Parish Deputy Louis Hamilton Jr. said.” The woman and her husband were cited for a leash-law violation as well as criminal trespass.”

Read the Advocate’s full report via this link.

Saudi oil refinery attack prompts 8-cent diesel jump
Recent attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil field resulted in an 8.1-cent increase in diesel fuel prices across the United States to an average of $2.956 per gallon, according to numbers by ProMiles and its Fuel Surcharge Index. ProMiles analyst Chris Lee said oil prices were fairly steady last week after Monday’s jump over $62 per barrel and Tuesday’s correction back below $60 per barrel. Lee added that Saudi production has already been restored to approximately 75% of production lost in the attack.

According to ProMiles’ numbers, California saw the biggest week-to-week jump, increasing by 10.3 cents. The smallest jump was seen in New England, where prices only increased by 3.2 cents. The Gulf Coast region continues to boast the nation’s cheapest fuel at $2.833 per gallon.

The Department of Energy’s weekly numbers showed the nation’s average jumping by 9.4 cents to $3.081 per gallon. The Midwest region saw the biggest jump with an increase of 11 cents.

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Cat Scale raises fees 
Cat Scale confirmed last week via comments on social media posts that it raised its weigh and reweigh prices by 50 cents each. The company says it now costs $12 for first weigh, followed by $2.50 for a reweigh. The price changes took effect Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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