Trucker killed after driving truck at police officers

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021:

Trucker shot, killed after standoff with police

Pennsylvania State Police officers shot a truck driver who allegedly drove his tractor-trailer at them during a standoff at an Interstate 80 rest area in Central Pennsylvania Tuesday, Oct. 5.

According to a police report, troopers were called to the rest stop on I-80 between the Jersey Shore exit and the Mile Run exit at about 4:30 a.m. for reports of a robbery.

The unidentified trucker was barricaded in his tractor-trailer at the Clinton County area rest stop between Williamsport and State College. Troopers surrounded the vehicle and tried to get the suspect to surrender.

Instead, the driver drove his tractor-trailer into two police vehicles and several troopers, who then fired at the truck, police reported. The driver died from his wounds. Several officers were treated for minor injuries.

Police continue their investigation.

Spot market supply/demand flat in the last week | The weekly update from FTR Transportation Intelligence and load board Truckstop.com shows total load postings ticked up 2% during the week ended October 1. Truck posts moved up in tandem with loads, leaving market pressure basically unchanged. Volumes for the week essentially matched that seen during the week before the July 4th holiday. Dry van led the way for the three principal segments, while refrigerated load postings edged slightly higher and flatbed volume eased slightly. Total spot rates declined less than 1 cent from the prior week, although a third straight decline in refrigerated rates was mostly offset by gains in other segments.Spot market supply/demand flat in the last week | The weekly update from FTR Transportation Intelligence and load board Truckstop.com shows total load postings ticked up 2% during the week ended October 1. Truck posts moved up in tandem with loads, leaving market pressure basically unchanged. Volumes for the week essentially matched that seen during the week before the July 4th holiday. Dry van led the way for the three principal segments, while refrigerated load postings edged slightly higher and flatbed volume eased slightly. Total spot rates declined less than 1 cent from the prior week, although a third straight decline in refrigerated rates was mostly offset by gains in other segments.

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