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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads. Two tractor-trailers collided Thursday on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, causing one to spill hundreds of mini-bottles of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey on the highway. Over the past year, Arkansas drivers have endured a veritable feast spilled...
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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Born Ready, a new album from country music singer/songwriter Steve Moakler, has been released via all digital streaming services. The title track, which grew out of Moakler’s relationship with Mack Trucks and the hours he spent on the road building his career, tips a cap to the...
REDFORD, Mich. — As Detroit Diesel observes its 80th anniversary this year, parent company Daimler Trucks North America is marking another important achievement — the production of its 1 millionth heavy-duty engine platform (HDEP) engine. The 1 millionth HDEP engine is a shared milestone between Detroit’s Redford, Michigan-based manufacturing facility...
GREENSBORO, N.C. — To help customers realize maximum fuel efficiency, Mack Trucks Thursday introduced the Mack MP8HE 13-liter engine and the Mack HE+ package for Mack Anthem models. Mack Anthem models spec’d with the MP8HE engine and HE+ package deliver up to a 9.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and...
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises Wednesday said the pricing of its initial public offering of 18,056,000 shares of Class A common stock at $16 per share. U.S. Xpress is issuing and selling 16,668,000 shares and the selling stockholders named in the registration statement are selling 1,388,000 shares. The Company’s Class...
In this episode we cover... Rig maker recalls, Live bees dumped on the highway New FMCSA guidance 30 undocumented workers found in cab/sleeper. These are the stories we are covering and more, on this weeks trucking news show.
Kay Pfeiffer of TrueLifeCare conducted her first Mid-American Trucking Show seminar this year. She’s becoming a regular at high-profile trucking industry events, spreading the word about the growing problem diabetes poses to the trucking industry. At MATS, she opened her presentation by listing several celebrities who have diabetes: Mariah Carey,...
BILLINGS, Mont. — A trucking company and its owner were convicted of more than a dozen federal charges filed after a 2012 explosion destroyed an oil processing plant in eastern Montana. Woody's Trucking and Donald Wood Jr. of Baker were found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, transporting...
WASHINGTON — Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., on Tuesday introduced SB3052, a bill that would repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax (FET) on the sale of heavy-duty trucks and trailers. The FET, which was originally imposed in 1917 to help pay for World War I, has grown from 3 percent...
May Class 8 truck sales in the United States were up 1.3 percent over April, according to WardsAuto. Wards said 19,195 Class 8 units were sold in May compared with 18,950 in April. Mack and Volvo nameplates show the biggest month-over-month increases at 36 percent and 30.5 percent, respectively. While sales were...
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By GARY D. ROBERTSON RALEIGH, N.C. — A method to accelerate local and regional road-building projects in North Carolina by authorizing up to $3 billion in debt has made it through the General Assembly. The legislation that permits the borrowing is heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk following Tuesday's House...
SAN ANTONIO  — Dozens of people, including some children, were discovered in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, The Associated Press reported. KSAT-TV reported that authorities from several agencies were called to a North Side neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and found 55 people suspected of entering the country illegally...
ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Commercial Vehicle has appointed Michael J. Hawthorne president and CEO, as well as a member of its executive board. Hawthorne will succeed outgoing President and CEO Berend Bracht, who is also a member of the executive board and who is stepping down to take a role...
WASHINGTON — Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Tuesday introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, bipartisan legislation they said is designed to reform the Hours of Service and electronic logging device regulations. Further, the enforcement of the ELD rule would be delayed until the reforms required under the...
Both industry analysts that tractor commercial vehicle orders and sales say that preliminary trailer orders continued at a good pace. ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for May 2018 net trailer orders is 23,300 units with final numbers coming later in June. FTR reports preliminary May trailer orders at 21,200 continuing the traditional...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J will open four Pilot Travel Centers in Bunkie, Louisiana, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Monument, Colorado and Hempstead, Texas, throughout the month of June. The travel centers feature full amenities for area residents and the traveling public, while adding 205 truck parking spaces, approximately 220...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – NATSO, the national association representing the travel plaza and help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. The Alternative Fuels Council will work with members of the truckstop and travel plaza community and other fuel retailers to...
LAFAYETTE, Ind. —  Wabash National Corp., a producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems, said that Brent L. Yeagy, president and chief operating officer of the company, has assumed the role of president and CEO. Yeagy follows Richard J. Giromini, who stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer...
PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has introduced two new connectivity services into its Detroit Connect portfolio — Detroit Connect Direct and a wireless in-cab device connection. Exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia spec’d with Detroit engines, the new services will expand communication and reporting capabilities and provide...
WASHINGTON — The Journal of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) reports that following Maryland’s plans to add toll lanes to the entire length of the Capital Beltway within its borders, Virginia is now considering extending its existing Beltway toll lanes northward to the Maryland...