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Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller is the managing editor of The Trucker Newspaper and TheTrucker.com. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in strategic communications. Wendy has been a journalist and editor for 12 years and has specialized in niche publications for the past eight years. Wendy draws her love for the trucking industry from growing up as a trucker's daughter.
Ed and Tracy Zimmerman

‘An amazing moment in time’: Team drivers rescue motorist from burning car in 36...

Most truck drivers spend the better part of the year over the road. In the overall calculations of the total minutes on the road, 36 minutes doesn’t seem very significant. For Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc., drivers Ed and Tracy Zimmerman — and one very lucky motorist — on a late spring morning along a West Virginia interstate, it only took 36 minutes for several lives to be changed and one to be saved. The Zimmermans, a driver team and married couple from Kenesaw, Nebraska, wouldn’t normally have been in West Virginia that day in May 2019, the couple said, noting that...
Cal Ripken Jr

Showing up: Cal Ripken Jr. shares the importance of dedication, perseverance, and dependability

Much like baseball, trucking is a team sport: Everyone has a position, and each position is valuable. From the professional truck drivers on the ground to the executives at the top, there are a few qualities that each member of the organization must possess — dedication, perseverance, and commitment. Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. knows a thing or two about those qualities. An unforgettable shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, Ripken made history not only with his exceptional abilities at the position, but also with an unprecedented dedication to the game — 2,632 of those games...
May OO

‘The truck comes first’: Kevin Kocmich finds success through tedious planning

Kevin Kocmich and his wife, Joy, might take a vacation. With a $25,000 check in his pocket, the two could afford a little time off. But like many other self-employment opportunities, working as an owner-operator means running a small business — and the business’s finances and stability come first. “We want to make a trip to Alaska,” said Kevin, noting that he and his wife have driven there in the truck for work. “Joy wants to make a trip up there for a vacation. That might be in the plan for next year. It won’t be this year, but I...

Minnesota authorities: Tanker driver who drove into I-35 crowd did not intentionally try to...

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota authorities said Tuesday, June 2, that the driver of a tanker truck who drove into a group of thousands of protesters on Interstate 35 West in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 31, did not do so intentionally. Public jail records also indicate that he has now been released from police custody. The driver, who has been identified as 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko according to public records, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and then arrested for suspicion of assault, according to Minnesota authorities. TV footage from local news sources show protesters swarming the truck and then law...
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Tanker drives into crowd of protesters in Minneapolis on I-35; driver injured and arrested

MINNEAPOLIS — A tanker truck has been reported to have driven into a group of thousands of protesters on the Interstate 35 west in Minneapolis today, Sunday, May 31. The Minnesota Highway Patrol said the driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. TV footage from local news sources show protesters swarming the truck, and then law enforcement quickly moving in. Other TV footage showed the tanker truck moving rapidly onto the bridge and protesters appearing to part ahead of it. Video courtesy of FOX9 KMSP. Officials in Minnesota say no protesters appear to have been hit. The Minnesota State Patrol...
CAT Scale

Trucking through COVID-19: CAT Scale embraces ‘no contact’ even before COVID-19 crisis

Drivers do not like to waste time. With the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, drivers’ time is more closely scrutinized — and more valuable — than ever. Therefore, anything that can save time for the driver is a big plus. This, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken hold of the United States, makes staying inside the cab of the truck even more essential. CAT Scale was embracing a contactless alternative to weighing a loaded truck even before the threat of COVID-19 limited interaction with other people for everyone. With the Weigh My Truck app, there...

Trucking through COVID-19: As pandemic causes cancellations, Howes takes Hall of Fame inductions online

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Howes turns 100 years old this year and to celebrate, the company has launched the Howes Hall of Fame. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, large gatherings were canceled in mid-March, including the Mid-America Trucking Show, which is where the company had originally planned to unveil its nominees. That did not stop Howes, as the company carried on with its mission of honoring people, places and things that have contributed significantly to the industry. “The Howes Hall of Fame is meant to recognize the individual pieces that make up these great industries as a whole, knowing full well...
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Southern California truckers organize for ‘slow roll’ looking to raise awareness of low freight...

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — On the other side of the country from Washington D.C., southern California truckers held a protest echoing the concerns of other owner-operators from coast to coast regarding low freight rates. While the protests in Washington D.C. aimed to physically garner the attention of the federal government and the White House, one of the southern California event’s organizers, owner-operator Miguel Ramirez said this protest was a part of a nationwide effort to call attention the low rates truckers are being offered from brokers for hauling essential goods. “We are joining a national movement, and it is taking place...
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Quiznos map shows truck-accessible locations for easy carry-out orders

As food options become scarce for truck drivers, many restaurants are looking to step up to the needs of those drivers. Quiznos stores across the country have committed to accommodate truckers with carry-out, call-in orders and online ordering for store pickup. “Truck drivers are an essential part of the fabric of our country,” said Mark Lohmann, chief brand officer of REGO Restaurant Group, which operates the Quiznos restaurant chain. “Quiznos is proud to go the extra mile for these hardworking men and women in a time when they are working harder than ever to ensure our communities have what they...
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UPDATE: Suspect shot by police after fatal stabbings of truck-stop workers identified as NC...

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As the investigation continues into Tuesday’s fatal stabbing and officer-involved shooting incident at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the deceased suspect as Idris Abdus-Salaam, a truck driver from Durham, North Carolina. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a stabbing at the truck stop shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday (April 7). Upon arrival, officers found four victims; three were reported dead at the scene and the fourth was transported to a local hospital. When confronted by officers, the suspect now identified as Abdus-Salaam refused to drop...
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Fatal stabbings, officer-involved shooting at Tennessee truck stop under investigation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knox County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a stabbing at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday (April 7). Upon arrival, officers found four victims and, during an encounter with the male suspect, the suspect was shot by an officer. The man, who was armed with a knife, was identified by witnesses as the suspect. When confronted by officers, the suspect refused to drop the weapon, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Leslie Earhart. “At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots,...
Patriots truck headed for NYC

Patriots tractor-trailer headed to NYC with special shipment of N95 masks

BOSTON — It isn’t every day that the New England Patriots logo is a welcomed site in New York, but as the COVID-19 crisis grows, a tractor-trailer unit emblazoned with the Patriots’ logo will arrive in New York City today with a special delivery that will push sports rivalries to the back burner. The truck departed from Boston Logan International Airport with a load of 300,000 N95 masks for health care workers serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in one of the nation’s most affected areas. This special delivery follows Patriots owner Robert Kraft utilizing the team’s plane...
Lubbock police officer hands a free dinner to a trucker

Police department, local resident offer dinners to truckers from ‘a grateful west Texas’

LUBBOCK, Texas — Seeing a crowded truck-stop parking lot was all it took for Lubbock Police Department Cpl. Chris Paine to gain a new appreciation for the unsung heroes of the supply chain. Paine said he responded to a call at a local truck stop late one night. While there, he took notice of the volume of trucks parked there for the night. “I was so taken aback by the sheer number of semi trucks that were overflowing in the parking lots,” Paine said. “We’ve heard so much about doctors, nurses, first responders all thanked for being on the front lines....
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Toilet-paper trucker: Driver gets warm, unexpected reception when delivering TP to Costco

HAZLET, N.J. — As shoppers were lined up around the building at a New Jersey Costco, a white Freightliner Cascadia pulled up to the loading dock carrying a one of today’s most valuable consumer products — toilet paper. Chuck Small of Wareham, Massachusetts has been a truck driver for more than 30 years. In all of that time, he said, he’s never seen such appreciation for a truck driver carrying a basic commodity — but this was different. He hopped out of the truck and announced, “I’ve got your toilet paper!” and the shoppers and employees all applauded him as if...
McDonalds loves truckers

McDonald’s serves truckers with drive-thru alternative

WASHINGTON – McDonald’s received a special shoutout from Vice President Mike Pence during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press conference Tuesday afternoon, March 24. “We’ve seen industries really stepping up,” Pence said. “We’ve heard that McDonald’s is now offering curbside delivery to truckers who are unable to use the drive-thru.” Yes, indeed. McDonald’s recently announced that it will be serving truckers by promoting mobile ordering and providing a designated place for them to receive their food. “We realize that you can’t bring your rig through the drive-thru, and for safety reasons, we cannot accept walk-up orders at the drive-thru window,” said...
sonic in Fordyce Arkansas

Small-town Sonics prioritize truckers with accessible menus, routes

The town of Valliant, Oklahoma, has a population of only 800 people. The town might not be big, but when it comes to truckers, the owners of the local Sonic have huge hearts. Julie and Tommy Dorries are lifelong residents of Valliant, and have long known the benefit of the logging industry to their small town. With a paper mill located only a few miles away, big truck traffic through the area is constant. After spending the better part of the last two decades giving back to their community by bringing life to old buildings and attracting businesses to their small...
Beaver closes down

After 77 years, Oklahoma trucking company to close doors

WOODWARD, Okla. – Beaver Express, an Oklahoma-based and family-owned trucking company with 77 year in business, has announced that it will cease operations as of Tuesday, March 24. In a letter to its customers, Beaver Express President Mike Stone stated that as of Tuesday night the company will “stop making pick-ups” and is planning to execute an orderly transition to wind down operations. Stone wrote that the company’s goal is to have all freight delivered by the end of the day on Thursday. In order to minimize the trickle-down effects of this transition, Stone said Old Dominion Freight Line will handle...
International tractor by Navistar

Navistar, Volvo and Mack temporarily suspend production due to COVID-19 economic threat

As a response to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus threat, some heavy-duty original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have temporarily halted some aspects of their production. Navistar International Corp. announced Monday, March 23, that it is suspending production at its truck assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, for two weeks in response to disruptions to Navistar's supply chain that are resulting from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also withdrawing its previously announced financial and industry guidance for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2020. Last week, Volvo and Mack Trucks also announced a temporary suspension of production. In a letter to customers dated March...
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FMCSA suspends HOS regulations across nation for those aiding COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially granted relief from hours of service (HOS) regulations beginning Friday night for commercial vehicle drivers transporting commodities related to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The declaration specifically suspends Parts 390-399 of the Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, in which HOS is Part 395. This is the first time the FMCSA has issued a nationwide relief, and the announcement follows President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in response to the new coronavirus pandemic earlier in the day on Friday, March 13. FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief...
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At The Truck Stop: Couple takes their family of Pomeranians on the road

RAYVILLE, La. — A rest area near the Missouri/Arkansas state line is where The Trucker first encountered John and Georgie Peavy of Rayville, Louisiana. The couple parked their truck and opened the doors. Most would expect that a driver — maybe also a passenger or another driver — would emerge from the truck, but that wasn’t the case. A little furry head popped out from around the seat and a fluffy brown Pomeranian bounced down the steps of the cab. “Aww, that’s cute! They have a puppy!” was the initial reaction from this writer; but then something else happened. Another...