In this episode we cover: Massive truck explosion | Trucker kills animal activist | Reality TV star indicted | Rig with fireworks explodes

David Compton:

Hi, I’m David Compton. A truck hauling 1,000 propane tanks causes a major explosion, and an 18 Wheeler carrying livestock hits and kills an animal rights protester.

Tucker Russ:

Hey truckers, I’m Tucker. A reality TV star is in hot water for his trucking business, and a tractor-trailer hauling fireworks goes out with a bang. These are just some of the stories we are covering on this edition of The Trucker News Channel.

David Compton:

A truck hauling 1,000 propane tanks caused a massive explosion in Delbert, Nova Scotia. The intense flames forced crews to keep their distance at first, they were able to battle the fire once the propane tanks stopped exploding. Apparently, the fire started in the truck’s trailer, brakes, and then spread to the trailer. The incident caused heavy damage to the highway, and fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Tucker Russ:

VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Maurice Fayne, also known as Arkansas Mo, has been indicted for allegedly using coronavirus relief funds intended to help small businesses survive to pay for luxuries, such as a Rolls Royce and custom jewelry. The reality TV star was arrested in May on federal bank fraud charges, arising from a Paycheck Protection Program loan that he obtained in the name of Flame Trucking.

Tucker Russ:

In a news release, the department of justice said Maurice Fayne, 37, has now been charged with bank fraud, making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution and money laundering. The charges are related to the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal program designed to help small businesses make ends meet while they were either closed or severely restricted because of the coronavirus.

Tucker Russ:

He’s also been charged with wire fraud in connection with a Ponzi scheme. Federal officials said Fayne posed as the owner of a profitable trucking business, but in reality, the business never made enough money to cover expenses.

David Compton:

Friends and family are mourning the death of animal rights activist Reagan Russell, who was killed last week after she was struck by an 18-Wheeler hauling livestock. She was killed while protesting outside of the Fearmans Pork meat processing facility.

David Compton:

Fearmans and protesters apparently had an agreement, where the trucks were to stop for two minutes to allow protestors to say goodbye to the pigs and give them water. However, after stopping the trucker hit Russell, when he proceeded onto the facility.

David Compton:

Animal rights activists have been extremely vocal in talking to various media news outlets around the world, voicing opinions on social media, about the events surrounding Russell’s death.

Tucker Russ:

The Memphis Police Department is asking witnesses to help identify the driver of an SUV, who opened fire on a tractor-trailer on Saturday, June 20th. According to a Facebook post by the department, the victim was driving northbound on Interstate 40 passing Smith Avenue near the Chelsea Avenue exit, when he was shot at by the driver of a small dark gray or green SUV, possibly a Saturn Vue.

Tucker Russ:

The vehicle has a luggage rack on top and what appears to be a temporary license plate on the rear. The suspect was last seen driving eastbound on I40, toward the Watkins Road exit. The victim’s vehicle was struck by gunfire, however, the victim was not injured.

Tucker Russ:

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-2274.

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Tucker Russ:

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a crash involving a tractor-trailer, hauling fireworks south of Uehling. That is where they received a report of a crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV at the intersection of state Highway 77 and Road F in Dodge County.

Tucker Russ:

When troopers arrived on the scene, the tractor-trailer, which was hauling fireworks, was fully engulfed in flames, and fireworks inside the trailer were actively exploding. The Dodge County Sheriff’s office and Hooper Police Department also responded to the call.

Tucker Russ:

Witnesses were able to extricate all persons involved in the crash from the vehicles, before authorities arrived on the scene. Both occupants of the SUV, a Toyota Highlander, were transported to the hospital in Fremont for treatment.

Tucker Russ:

The driver of the Highlander was then flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for additional treatment. The driver of the tractor-trailer was treated on the scene. The crash investigation is still ongoing.

David Compton:

It’s been said, that necessity is the mother of all invention. While in Canada, one motorist needed a way to move something from point A to point B, and that led to an unconventional method.

David Compton:

It seems that the Canadian police pulled over a Porsche driver hauling an unsafe load, which was a hot tub, affixed to a homemade wooden cart. I love the way he used the hand dolly for the wheels.

David Compton:

Officers caught up with the overburdened sports car on western outskirts of Woodstock, Ontario, and pulled over the 54 year old male driver. I don’t know, looks safe to me.

David Compton:

Well, that’s it for this edition. If you’re watching us on YouTube, make sure to click that little red subscribe button below. You can also go to thetrucker.com to read the latest breaking news stories. On behalf of David, myself and everyone else here at the Trucker News Channel, thanks for watching

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