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Amber Alert

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Truckers park rigs to protest gas prices

Gas prices have some truckers feeling helpless. In Screven, Georgia, a group of truckers are taking some drastic measures. It’s not a rest area or a campground, but along Highway 84 in Screven, you’ll find some truckers and their families. Ron White says, “I’m telling you, everything is getting so expensive.”

“I don’t know where I’m going from here,” says Eddie Hudson. For most of his life Hudson has been a contract log hauler. He says he remembers the good old days when fuel prices were reasonable. “You can spend from $400 to $600 of fuel to haul 18 to 20 loads.” SOURCE

Thursday, February 21, 2008

News Reporters and their “Stories” about Truck drivers

This is a subject that really irritates me to no end. I come across “stories” written by news reporters, that in fact you can tell by reading them they made them upThey did not go out and talk to any real Truck Drivers to get the real “story”. Because they know nobody would read them except a real truck driver. The most recent article was in reference to truckers dodging the scales.

The reporter talked to one truck driver! Then to a guy from NORWAY! and of course to the Texas DPS officer and a person who I might add was completely wrong in who pays for the roads. Wow four people, and came to a conclusion that truckers were dodging the scales. You can view the video and see for your self.

KXAN news is just one of many news agencies I see that do this, they make the story sound worse than it really is. I have in the passed went around weigh stations just because it is very time consuming.

The website they reference to is a very good website, it is chucked full of very good information. Coops Are Open visit them and see!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cobra Once Again Redefines the CB Radio With the Addition of Bluetooth

Cobra Electronics Announces First-of-its-Kind CB Radio with Bluetooth.Cobra Electronics (Nasdaq:
COBR), the market leader in CB radios, today announced a ground-breaking
new addition to its long-established and trusted CB radio line. Set to
debut at the 2008 Mid-America Trucking Show, March 27-29 in Louisville, the
patent pending 29 LTD BT is the first-ever CB radio to offer Bluetooth(R)
wireless technology, providing drivers with yet another way to communicate
safely and easily.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two Fatal Accidents in W.V.

Six people have died in two separate accidents on slick West Virginia roads Wednesday. Four people were killed in Jefferson County after the van they were in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Route 340.

Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Sell says the driver of the westbound van lost control due to icy conditions and the van fishtailed into the eastbound lane and was hit by the truck.

Three passengers in the van were pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:40 a.m. accident near Harpers Ferry. The driver later died at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The names of the victims aren't available at this time.

Poor road conditions are also blamed for a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 in Jackson County that claimed two victims.

Chief Deputy B.W. DeWees of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department says a sport utility vehicle slid into the path of a double tractor-trailer. The SUV was trying to pass the truck at about 7:30 a.m. in the Goldtown area.

DeWees identified the victims, who were both in the SUV, as 23-year-old Amanda Vaughn of Vienna and 38-year-old Michael Ferrier of Vincent, Ohio.Source

Monday, February 11, 2008

Three Texas Men Killed In Fiery Car Crash

Three Texas men are dead after a fiery one-car accident that happened just a hundred yards from their destination. Grapevine police suspect speed was a factor in the crash that killed 26-year-old Aubrey Amado of Grapevine, his 27-year-old childhood friend Justin Cartwright of Euless, and 28-year-old co-worker Cory Pratt of Bedford.

Police say they died when the car in which they were riding slammed into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer rig and burst into flames.

Investigators estimate that the car was exceeding 55 miles per hour in a zone with a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour.

They’re not sure who was at the wheel.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Rig hits stalled car on I-78; 2 teens die

The two teenagers from Bethlehem were heading west on I-78 for a Friday night out when a tractor-trailer cut them off and their car stalled. Jessica Turzanski was still relating the story to her mother on the phone when a second truck slammed into her car.

Turzanski, an 18-year-old Liberty High School senior, and her friend, Dametria L. Davis, a 19-year-old waitress who graduated from Liberty in 2006, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 10 p.m. in Tilden Township, Berks County.

Charges are not expected to be filed against the truck driver, said Trooper Kevin Wackley ''It appears to be bad luck,'' he said.Roxanne Davis, Dametria's mother, sat quietly at a kitchen table piled high with food from friends as teary family members sat in her Bethlehem living room Saturday afternoon.

''Anytime you've got to bury your child, it's a nightmare,'' she said.

Twelve hours after two Bethlehem police officers knocked on her door around 4 a.m. to tell her Dametria had been killed, Roxanne Davis said she was still in shock.

Veronica Duggan, Dametria Davis' cousin, said she thought it likely the two teens were headed to a dance club in Hamburg when the accident occurred.

The truck driver, Mark Scali, 52, of Brookfield, Ohio, was uninjured in the crash, which is under investigation, police said. They would not say who owned the truck, what Scali was hauling or where he was headed.

Turzanski's car had stalled in the right lane on a bridge over the Schuylkill River where there was no shoulder, Wackley said. Upon impact, it was pinned between the side of the truck and the concrete barrier on the north side of the bridge.

The westbound lane of I-78 was shut down for about five hours after the accident.

Relatives of both girls said Turzanski was on her cell phone explaining to her mother, Susan, how they became stuck on the bridge when Susan Turzanski heard the phone go dead. Susan Turzanski declined to speak to a reporter Saturday.

Turzanski's aunt, Patti Klapshar, called her a ''fun, beautiful girl with a lot of friends.'' She said, ''She loved going out and hanging out with her friends.''

Turzanski, of Blossom Lane, worked at Maryland Fried Chicken in Bethlehem for the past two years and planned to study restaurant and hotel management at Northampton Community College after her anticipated graduation from Liberty in June, Klapshar said.

She was supposed to work an evening shift at the fast food restaurant on Stefko Boulevard on Saturday, said manager Gary Jacoby. Co-worker Megan Fox described Turzanski as strong-willed and opinionated.

''She would fight for what she believed in,'' Fox said.

Turzanski and Davis shared a love of shopping, hip-hop music and going out, according to their family, friends and co-workers.

Davis had been working for three years as a waitress at Atria Senior Living in Bethlehem and planned to become a dental hygienist.

''She was committed to serving our residents ,'' said Renee Martini, of Atria's human resources department .

The teen's siblings, Kendra Davis, 23, Phuquan Duggan, 14, wiped away tears as they described their sister.

Kendra Davis recalled how her younger sister loved the color pink and played up a pink motif in her bedroom. She liked to listen to Lil' Wayne and sing in the shower -- badly, her sister said. And she loved studying French at Liberty High School, where she also was a cheerleader, member of the Key Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, and the Take Action Club, which raised money for victims of national tragedies like Hurricane Katrina.

Liberty Principal Joann Durante was making arrangements Saturday for grief counseling for students. ''It's going to be a very difficult Monday ,'' she said. ''It's a major loss for the Liberty High School community.''

A viewing for Davis will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pearson Funeral Home in Bethlehem, followed by a service.

A service will be held for Turzanski at St. Peter and Paul's Byzantine Catholic Church, Klapshar said.

Drivers Advised To Stay Off Roads

MILWAUKEE -- Sub-zero temperatures and high winds caused hazardous driving conditions statewide. The Wisconsin Emergency Management Center said motorists are urged to stay off the roads unless travel is necessary.

Because of the very cold temperatures, road salt will not be effective on icy roads.According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, most roads in the southern part of the state are ice covered and slippery.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department urged drivers to be cautious of the icy road conditions. Police said they responded to nearly two-dozen spinouts overnight.

In Dane County, Wisconsin State Patrol shut down Interstate 39/90 near Stoughton in both directions this morning because of an accident involving a car and semi.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says it has cleared the crash, however, the highway is still icy, and traffic back-ups should be expected.

This is the same area where hundreds of motorists were stranded last week during a traffic backup amid heavy snowfall.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department said all roads are experiencing extreme drifting, particularly the north-south roads.

No roads in Sheboygan County have been closed. The sheriff's department recommends if anyone needs to travel, he or she should try to stay on state highways as they may be in better condition than the secondary roads, have a cell phone, ample fuel, extra clothing and possibly even food to care for oneself in the event a person should become stuck.

For winter road conditions, check the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Web site.