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'It looked like a bomb went off'
Trucking News
Highway 77 was closed between Lakeshore roads 309 and 311

Emergency crews are responding to a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 77 near Comber.

Emergency crews are responding to a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 77 near Comber.

Highway 77 near Comber has reopened after an early morning crash that killed one person and sent another to hospital.

The stretch of road between Lakeshore roads 309 and 311 were shut down for hours as police investigated the intersection that was once a fiery crash scene.

Robb Meloche was dropping his daughter off in St. Joachim when he saw a huge cloud of black smoke in the sky and rushed home thinking his house could be on fire.

What he found was a transport truck that had crashed with another vehicle, collided with a hydro pole and caught fire.

"It looked like a bomb went off inside the truck," he said. "It looks pretty bad."

Another person involved in the crash has been transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, according OPP Const. Jim Root.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Three-truck collision shuts down westbound lanes of Highway 402
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Minor injuries have been reported

Highway 402 westbound was closed at Highay 40 Tuesday after a tractor-trailer slammed into a row of idling trucks waiting to cross the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia.

Highway 402 westbound was closed at Highay 40 Tuesday after a tractor-trailer slammed into a row of idling trucks waiting to cross the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia

The westbound lanes of Highway 402 were closed for several hours Tuesday morning near the Blue Water Bridge following a collision involving three transport trucks.

The vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision, colliding with a row of trucks waiting to cross the bridge, according to OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor.

A 27-year-old driver from Quebec has been charged with careless driving after his truck crashed into the stopped tractor-trailers, causing its trailer to fip on its side, stated the OPP in a media release.

The drivers were transported to hospital with minor injuries. One driver has been charged with careless driving.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Young grizzly chases cyclist near Radium Hot Springs
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Drivers used their trucks to block the animal from getting close to the cyclist


An Idaho couple hoping to catch a glimpse of the wildlife on their way to Lake Louise, Alta., got more than they bargained for.

Shortly after passing through Radium Hot Springs, on the B.C. side close to the B.C.-Alberta border, on July 15, Cassie Beyer and husband Donald Poster were headed down an incline on Highway 93 when Poster spotted a cyclist pedalling uphill in the opposite direction.

A young grizzly bear was hot on his tail.

"I was sitting in the passenger seat and had my cellphone and had been taking scenic pictures all the way," said Beyer of the photos she captured of the encounter. 

Grizzly chase Radium Hot Springs

A young grizzly stands to take a look at a truck during an encounter earlier in July. The bear had been chasing a cyclist. (Submitted by Cassie Beyer)

The driver of a pickup heading in the same direction as the cyclist started honking his horn, which diverted the bear's attention, she said. 

That move allowed the truck to manoeuvre between the bear and the cyclist. Feeling the rider was safe, the couple continued on their way, but not before Beyer snapped a few photos of the encounter.

Bear 148 sightings

This season may seem like a busy one in terms of encounters, but the number has been relatively stable compared to previous years, said Jay Honeyman, a human-wildlife conflict specialist with Alberta Parks.

"I think the main reason you may think it's busier is because there is one bear in particular that is getting lots and lots of media," he said.

That bruin is Bear 148, a female grizzly that has come into contact with people several times over the past few months.


Grizzly chase Radium Hot Springs

This young grizzly chased a cyclist near Radium Hot Springs, B.C. (Submitted by Cassie Beyer)

So far this year, Bear 148 has wandered onto a rugby field during a high school practice in Banff; charged a person walking with a stroller and a dog on a leash west of Canmore; followed hikers and chased a woman who was kick-sledding.

Bears and berries also go together like peanut butter and jelly, and with a strong crop this season, Honeyman said the potential for conflict is amplified.

Berry season

"When we get into the berry season, it's just busy, particularly in places like the Bow Valley where July and August is when all the people are here," he said.

"The bears are in the valley bottom feeding on buffalo berry and it's always busy. The bears are on the trails, the people are on the trails and they're bumping into each other."

As a result, officials have been removing buffalo berries from urban areas for the last decade to reduce the chances of an encounter going bad.

Last week, the berries were removed from Quarry Lake, Legacy Trail and an off-leash dog area near Canmore, which has worked in deterring Bear 148 from hanging around.

"She's been through there twice now and hasn't gone to any of those places," said Honeyman. "It's an example of how, if you remove the food source, she will go somewhere else, and where she went was the habitat patches and the wildlife corridors, which is where we want her to go."

Another close encounter

A conservation officer armed with a shotgun was also on hand at Barrier Lake, Alta., recently as a bear wandered close to hikers walking with dogs.


Barrier Lake grizzly

A conservation officer with a shotgun stands between hikers and a young grizzly at Barrier Lake, Alta. (Submitted by Hudson Sun)

When a bear is encountered, Honeyman recommends staying calm and giving the animal space.

"Most interactions are benign, you look at the bear, you enjoy the moment, you stop, you increase your distance, let the bear know you're there by talking, you don't have to yell and scream, you back up and 99 times out of 100 that's the end of it," he said.

"With the other one per cent, people want to close distance to get a better picture and the bear doesn't move off right away, so people think the bear isn't bothered by their presence ... The thing to know is every animal has a line in the sand and until you cross that line, you don't know where that line is."

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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New truck show all about business
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON -- The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show) won’t look like other trucking events across the U.S. when the doors open from September 25-28. There will be no recruiting pavilion; no show and shine competition. Not even drivers walking the halls. But when the inaugural event opens in Atlanta, Georgia, it will feature an undeniable focus on the business of trucking.

To borrow from the show’s tagline, this is “where fleets meet”.

Exhibit space in the Georgia World Congress Center is already sold out, ensuring 367 companies will be on site -- including every major Original Equipment Manufacturer. As of July 24, another 25 hopeful exhibitors were on a waiting list for any last-minute space that might open.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen booth designs quite like this,” adds Joe Glionna, president of Newcom Business Media, which has partnered with Hannover Fairs USA in the venture. “The truck manufacturers are making an incredible investment to ensure their booths are designed in a way that’s conducive to conducting business … the ‘wow factor’ around the show is going to be crystal clear.”

The sheer scale of the space will ensure exhibitors can display full product lines, from commercial trucks to buses. Notably, many of them will also incorporate dedicated meeting spaces, while others are preparing to book on-site rooms by the hour.

“You’re going to see lots of meetings take place on and off the show floor,” Glionna says.

The focus on business dealings, after all, is the reason the show emerged. Industry suppliers had been raising frustrations about the structure of established shows in the U.S. Niche-market events were serving groups like vocational or construction markets, but it was difficult to conduct business at broader industry events where qualified buyers had to share space with drivers and truck enthusiasts.

Business-to-business shows in North American have not traditionally been home to on-site deals, like those which take place in Europe. “But that,” Glionna adds, “is starting to change.”

Schedules presented another challenge. Deutsche Messe -– Hannover Fairs USA’s parent company -- runs Europe’s largest truck show every two years in Hannover, Germany. Opportunities in the U.S. had been established around annual shows.

“They didn’t feel they had enough to talk about every year,” Glionna says, referring to manufacturers and their scheduled release of new products. And the idea of alternating years with a European show became particularly interesting to the major suppliers with a presence on both sides of the Atlantic.

The show that emerged as an answer to these challenges involves its own trans-Atlantic partnership between Deutsche Messe and Newcom Business Media. Deutsche Messe is linked to shows in Germany, China, India and Turkey, while Newcom is behind Canada’s Truck World and Expocam trade shows. (Newcom also publishes Today’s Trucking, Truck and Trailer, Truck News, and Truck West, among other titles with shows of their own.)

Glionna reached out to the company that had already made overtures to buy Truck World, and within weeks a meeting was set up in Toronto. If they partnered together on developing a U.S. show, Glionna argued, they would offer an enticing option for the U.S. market. Deutsche Messe purchased half of Truck World, and Newcom secured half of the new venture south of the border.

The new event’s fleet focus will be somewhat dictated by its schedule. On opening Monday, only guests invited by the exhibitors can attend. The doors are open to other visitors from Tuesday to Thursday. “Owner-operators are on the road making money,” Glionna says of the weekday schedules.

Atlanta itself was selected as the event’s home for several reasons. It’s one of about eight cities in the U.S. that can accommodate a show this large, he says. It was also neutral territory when compared to other major hubs found close to the head offices of one manufacturer or another. Meanwhile, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport could accommodate fleet executives attending from across the country, and there were enough nearby rooms to include a housing block that features 36 hotels.

 “It’s not dead center of the country, but it’s also not on a coast, and in terms of north and south it’s pretty central,” Glionna says.

There are several major tourist attractions in Atlanta, too, including the College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

As important as the sold-out floor space will be, Glionna doesn’t plan to measure success by that alone. More important will be the quality of the buyers who attend. Organizers have also been quick to temper expectations about visitor volumes as well. It takes time to change habits. Don’t expect 30-40,000 fleet representatives and executives, he says. A draw of “thousands” is more likely. This year it’s about establishing a foundation for future shows, and demonstrating that things are heading in the right direction.

“We see the show coming to fruition for 2019,” he says.

But fleet managers and executives can be part of it this year.

“If you’re looking for free registration, speak to your suppliers who are exhibiting and get a code,” Glionna says.

After all, it’s where fleets meet.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Minister Goodhall answers CTA coalition letter
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. –The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, recently responded to a CTA-led coalition letter outlining concerns with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) IT systems and the lack of resources being dedicated to staffing at the border.

The letter urged the government to take immediate action to address these recurring issues by increasing funding for the Agency.

The Minister’s response details actions taken by the Agency over the last several months to deal with these issues, including the recruitment of new staff, increased monitoring of border wait times, and improvements CBSA has made to IT systems and border procedures to combat system outages.

The Minister also acknowledged CBSA has “a number of older systems” and these issues have negatively impacted the supply chain. He added, however, the government has made major investments in modernizing its infrastructure and applications over the years and CBSA has placed the movement of commercial conveyances as a top priority.

He explained CBSA will be “exploring opportunities for further improvements through its Commercial Transformation Agenda.” This will include examining ways to improve border wait times and developing more consistent clearance requirements.

“CBSA staff have worked diligently to address staffing and IT issues over the last few months,” said CTA’s director of policy and industry awareness programs, Lak Shoan. “But CBSA will need to focus on upgrading technology to meet the needs of the supply chain and the demands of growing sectors such as e-commerce. These improvements will require additional resources.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Founder of Lens Transportation loses battle with cancer
Trucking News

SURREY, B.C. – Leonard Kane Sr., founder of Len’s Transportation Group, passed away July 16 after losing his battle against cancer. He was 84 years old.

A celebration of Kane’s life will be held July 29 at 5 p.m. at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Langley, B.C., and a heavy truck convoy carrying his ashes will depart that day at 3 p.m. from the yard of Ranger Transport, part of Len’s Transportation. The convoy will include Surrey and Langley RCMP and will travel along 96 Ave., 216 St., 88 Ave., and 208 St.

Born in New Westminster, B.C., Kane founded Len’s Lift Truck Delivery in 1964 and acquired Ranger Transport in 1978. The company is now run by his son, Leonard Kane Jr., and was featured in Truck West magazine’s Last Word profile this past June.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kane Sr.’s memory to the B.C. Cancer Foundation or Inspire Health.

Source of article click here : Truck News
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Brake safety blitz results revealed
Trucking News

GREENBELT, MD – About 12% of the 9,500 vehicles inspected during a surprise Brake Safety Day on May 3 were placed out of service because of brake defects, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says.

The event was part of the alliance’s Operation Airbrake Program, focusing enforcement teams on out-of-adjustment brakes and other points in the brake system.

Of the 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors that required antilock braking systems, 8% had related violations. Violations were more likely on 3,222 trailers that required antilock brakes, with 15% of those cited for violations. Of the 723 trucks with hydraulic brakes, 6% had antilock braking violations.

Buses didn’t do much better. Of the 57 that required antilock brakes, 11% had related violations.

Canadian enforcement personnel conducted 1,384 of the inspections, while their U.S. counterparts accounted for the rest.

Violations other than brake-related issues were hardly ignored. They placed 21% of the vehicles out of service.

The next brake safety day is scheduled for September 7.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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401 WB in Ingersoll reopens following crash involving Blood Services truck
Trucking News

The driver of a Canadian Blood Services truck was taken to hospital Tuesday morning following a crash on the 401 in Ingersoll.

Oxford County OPP say a Canadian Blood Services box truck collided with a transport truck at around 7:30 a.m.

Police say the box truck was travelling in the middle lane of the 401 westbound between Foldens Line and highway 19 when it struck the back of the transport truck, lost control, and struck the centre median.

Canadian Blood Services told AM980 the driver of the box truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.


OPP say it’s lucky no one was seriously injured.

“Luckily in the case we’ve had minor injuries,” said OPP Constable Stacey Culbert. “The driver of the Canadian Blood Services box truck was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. At this time we have no injuries for the other transport truck driver,” she said.

The collision cause significant traffic delays on the 401 westbound, as the highway was closed between Foldens Line and highway 19 for several hours. All lanes were reopened shortly before 11 a.m.


Canadian Blood Services confirmed the truck, which was seriously damaged in the collision, was carrying blood and plasma platelet products but noted the products were contained and no spillage occurred.

Officials said the contents are being disposed of, and replacement orders are currently en route to replenish the loss.

The organization added that with a national inventory, it is “capable of withstanding unfortunate incidents such as these, but the need for blood always remains.”

Police say the driver of the box truck, a 45-year-old London man, has been charged with careless driving.

Source of article click here : Global News



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Roundabout solution
Trucking News
A quick response in Nova Scotia will keep the oversize loads rolling

TRURO, N.S. — After some oversize load drivers found that they could not get through a nearly-finished roundabout just off the Trans-Canada’s Exit 12 between Truro and Amherst this June, a productive meeting with representatives from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) resulted in a simple solution.

“It is excellent that they came forward and that we could react. In this case, we were not made aware of these vehicles. We had the solution, we just had to know where to apply it,” says Keith Boddy, senior highway design engineer with TIR.

The roundabout, the province’s 32nd, is at the junction of the old Trunk 4 and a connector crossing the Trans-Canada. It was installed to slow Trunk 4 traffic to safer speeds and reduce the risk of high-speed collisions. The intersection is near the Double C Truck Stop, a favorite haunt for truckers, and a safe haven for drivers of oversize loads looking for a place to park.

The 60-meter inscribed circle diameter of this roundabout was designed to accommodate a 53-ft. trailer hauled by a tractor with a sleeper.

“We allow for it to be on asphalt all the time,” Boddy says.

While even longer trailers could go ’round and ’round the roundabout all day long, some drivers found that their super long trailers, like those hauling wind turbine blades, could not negotiate the exit that would let them reach the Double C.

While trucks operating with special permits are responsible for scoping out drivable routes, in this case, the Double C got involved, and elevated the problem beyond being just a one-off pain, to a design issue that had to be fixed. Following a meeting this June at the Double C with TIR representatives, TIR staffers went back to their computers and tweaked the exits.

With some truck configuration information in hand from the trucking representatives at that meeting, TIR quickly figured out what to do.

“I think we used a 110-ft. trailer (in the modeling software) as the maximum length usually going through there. They gave us a couple of configurations, and my co-workers built it into the modeling software,” Boddy says.

The solution was to add what is sometimes called grass stone on parts of the exits’ shoulders. These are honeycombed blocks with the strength to handle a lot of weight, but with holes through which grass can grow. It is standard to put grass stone in the center of roundabouts as an override surface for long trucks. Not many were needed, as the computer simulation showed just where the long trailers’ wheels would drop off the asphalt.

After examining how trucks passed through the roundabout, TIR crews applied the grass stone treatment to a number of locations, including two exits and three entrances.

Peter Ross, dimensional load manager for TDR Transport in Dartmouth, N.S., was skeptical that the improvements would do the trick, and sure enough, the rumor mill lurched into gear when, a few days later, an oversize load being delivered by Transport Bellemare International from the Ceres Terminal in Halifax to Ottawa was not allowed in the roundabout.

A quick call to Serge Turcotte, chief dispatch, oversize transport, Transport Bellemare International put the rumor out of its misery. On that day, contractors were diverting all traffic away from the roundabout because they were paving.

“When we arrived at the place, it was in construction,” Turcotte says. The asphalt was really fresh. Every car was routed through the Masstown Market. “For us it went very well.”
Turcotte also noted, “Our guy told us that the roundabout is small…(but) all roundabouts are complicated for us. You can take every roundabout from Halifax to Thunder Bay, and you will have difficulties. We used to pass through Mattawa, in Ontario, without difficulty. Then they built a roundabout and now we have difficulties.”

Truckers in Nova Scotia should not be shy about getting in touch with TIR when they spot issues of concern.

“The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal works closely with industry,” Boddy says. “We welcome the interaction, as a design group and as a department. For us to effectively communicate with (the trucking industry) before a design is very difficult. We are a small shop and can deal with these things quickly, because we do the work in-house. We can take a query, and within a day there are 10 sets of eyes on it, and have a solution out the door.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Canadian shippers recognize top carriers
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Thirty road transport carriers have been recognized by Canadian shippers as winners of the 2017 Shipper’s Choice awards.

The awards are coordinated by Canadian Shipper magazine, and recognize carriers that demonstrate performance excellence and regularly exceed shippers’ expectations.

This year’s winners include:

  • All Connect Logistical Services
  • Apps Transport Group
  • Armour Transportation Systems
  • Big Freight Systems
  • Bourassa Transport
  • Bourett Transportation
  • Cavalier Transportation Services
  • CCT Canada
  • Challenger Motor Freight
  • Guilbault Transport
  • GX Transportation
  • Hercules Forwarding
  • MacKinnon Transport
  • Minimax Express Transportation
  • Penner International
  • Polaris Transportation
  • Seaway Express
  • TransPro Freight Systems
  • Western Canada Express
  • XPO Logistics
  • XTL Transport

Courier award winners included: Armour Courier Services; ATS Healthcare; Cardinal Couriers; FedEx; MBW Courier; Midland Courier; Tiger Courier; and TNT Express Worldwide.

Carriers of Choice winners – those that have placed among the winners for five consecutive years or more – included: All Connect Logistical Services; Armour Transportation; Cardinal Couriers; Cargojet; Cavalier Transportation Services; FedEx; Guilbault Transport; GX Transportation; Hercules Forwarding; MacKinnon Transport; Midland Courier; Penner International; Polaris Transportation; Tiger Courier; TransPro Freight Systems; and XTL Transport.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Police in B.C. find their lost gun and ammunition
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Gun used to launch non-lethal gas or blunt rounds may have fallen from officer's truck Sunday

The gun is designed to launch things from a distance, including irritant gas or a 'less lethal blunt impact round,' said RCMP.

The gun is designed to launch things from a distance, including irritant gas or a 'less lethal blunt impact round,' said RCMP.

RCMP are thanking the public after recovering a lost gun and ammunition that may have fallen from an officer's truck Sunday near the Golden Ears Bridge.

They were looking for a 40MM Abrams Airborne Mfg Inc. Less Lethal Multi-Launcher, which a release calls a "gas gun," along with a green camouflage bag containing ammunition.

The gun and ammunition went missing Sunday, and the B.C. RCMP said in a statement it believed they fell out of "the insecure back hatch of a truck canopy," shortly before 7:30 a.m. PT on Sunday.

By 5:30 p.m. PT on Monday, it had been returned. 

"As a result of media coverage, a member of the public immediately called the RCMP to report they recovered the equipment in the area it was believed to have gone missing," said the RCMP in a statement. 

"Officers have connected with them and confirmed that all missing items have accounted for."


Ammunition including 'barricade penetrating projectile liquid' was lost Sunday from a truck driven by a member of the RCMP's Emergency Response Team. (RCMP)

The truck was being driven by a member of the Integrated Emergency Response Team, a highly-trained group of weapons experts who respond to hostage situations, serious crime arrests and even close-quarter combat.

A passing motorist told the driver about the open latch.

An investigation into how the gun and ammunition went missing in the first place is continuing.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
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Quebec man charged with careless driving
Trucking News
Highway 402 westbound was closed at Highay 40 Tuesday, July 25, 2017, after a tractor-trailer slammed into a row of idling trucks waiting to cross the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia.

Highway 402 westbound was closed at Highay 40 Tuesday, July 25, 2017, after a tractor-trailer slammed into a row of idling trucks waiting to cross the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia. (OPP)

A 27-year-old truck driver from Quebec has been charged with careless driving following a three-truck collision that shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 402 near the Blue Water Bridge Tuesday morning.

The man was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that rear-ended a row of stopped trucks waiting to cross into the U.S., according to provincial police.

The highway was closed for much of the day as crews worked to clear debris from the road, but traffic conditions were back to normal Wednesday morning.

The collision marks the second time in less than a week that multiple trucks have crashed on Highway 402 while waiting to cross the bridge.

Alabama truck driver Dannie Faulk, 61, was killed on July 19 after a tractor-trailer smashed into the back of a stopped truck.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Semi-trailer crashes over side of Floodway bridge near Winnipeg
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Driver, a 59-year-old man from Ste. Anne, is in hospital in stable condition, police say

The cab of a semi-trailer that crashed Wednesday morning is hauled up from the floodway.

The cab of a semi-trailer that crashed Wednesday morning is hauled up from the floodway.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash of a semi-trailer, which went over the side of the Red River Floodway bridge and trapped the driver, RCMP say.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 59, just south of Winnipeg.

The semi, which was not hauling any cargo, went through the guard rail and down the embankment.


Emergency crews rescued the driver — a 59-year-old man from the town of Ste. Anne — who was unable to get out of the truck cab on his own.

He was transported to hospital and is listed in stable condition, RCMP said.

There is no word on any charges.

Crashed semi

The crash scene is looked over by some work crews under the Red River Floodway bridge on Wednesday. (Travis Golby/CBC)

A crane was brought in to lift the damaged truck back onto the bridge to be hauled away.

One of the northbound lanes of Highway 59 remained closed for several hours, into the morning rush hour, as crews worked to clear the scene.

Traffic at one point was backed up for half of a kilometre.

Semi-trailer crash

A guard rail is mangled after a semi-trailer crashed through it on Wednesday morning. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Traffic congestion

Traffic is backed up for a long way on the northbound lanes of Highway 59, just south of Winnipeg.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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San Antonio: Truck found in Texas with dozens inside
Trucking News

Police in the US state of Texas have arrested a truck driver whose vehicle was found in a Walmart car park with dozens of people in the back of it.

Nine men had died inside, and 28 others, including children, were taken to hospital.

They were inside the trailer in San Antonio without access to air conditioning or water while outside temperatures hit 38C (100F).

Police say they believe the incident is linked to people smuggling.

The truck's driver, named by authorities as James Mathew Bradley Jr, 60, of Clearwater, Florida, is expected to appear in court later.

Video footage from the store reportedly showed a number of vehicles arriving to pick up some of the survivors. Several others may have managed to escape on foot into the woods nearby.

One person found in the woods was being treated, local officials said.

Mexico's government said it was working closely with US authorities to identify the nationalities of the victims.

San Antonio is a few hours' drive from the border with Mexico, and the US immigration department is trying to establish the victims' legal status.

'Human tragedy in our city'

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg told the BBC that caring for the victims was the authorities' first aim.

"Our most important focus right now is to deliver compassionate care," he said.

"You know our first responders immediately were on the scene, delivering first aid, transporting - sometimes by air - critical condition patients to local hospitals, and trying to prevent more loss of life than what had already occurred."

"We are working with authorities, we are working with... witnesses to understand the magnitude of these crimes.

"But in this case, where we are witnesses to a human tragedy in our city, our first response and our response as local officials is to render aid."

Eight people were found to be dead at the scene while another died in hospital, immigration officials said.

Officials were brought to the trailer by a man who had approached an employee of the Walmart and asked for water.

The driver would be charged in connection with the "horrible tragedy", said San Antonio police chief William McManus in a press briefing.

He said the people ranged from school age to in their 30s.

Local fire chief Charles Hood said the survivors had heart rates of over 130 beats per minute and were very hot to touch. In addition to the 20 people in a critical condition, eight others were taken to hospital in a less severe state.

The fire chief confirmed at least two of the victims were school-age children. Their condition is not clear.

"We're very fortunate that there weren't 38 of these people who were all locked inside this vehicle dead," he added.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The truck was towed away from the scene hours after the discovery

The US attorney for the Western District of Texas, Richard Durbin, said the authorities were working to identify those responsible for the incident.

"These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said in a statement.

They were victims of "ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the wellbeing of their fragile cargo", he added.

Experts say people smuggling is a serious issue in southern Texas, and there have been a number of similar cases in the area just in this past month.

On 7 July, US Border Patrol agents found 72 undocumented immigrants from Central American countries locked inside a trailer "with no means of escape".

The next day 33 people were found locked inside a trailer at a checkpoint on the road to San Antonio.

Source of article click here : BBC NEWS

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Super singles approved in Alberta
Trucking News

CALGARY, Alta. – As of July 1, the Government of Alberta has given the green light to the use of wide-base single tires on provincial roadways.

Following in the recent footsteps of Saskatchewan, trucks in Alberta will now be permitted to use the new generation single tire at at-par weights – single axle (9,100kg); tandem axle (17,000kg); tandem axle with spread 2.4 meters or more but less than three meters (21,000kg); and tandem axle with spread three meters or more but not more than 3.7 meters (24,000kg).

With Manitoba also allowing the use of wide-base single tires, B.C. is the lone Western Canadian province that has not yet given the thumbs up to the new tire.

Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) president Lorraine Card received the news from the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Brian Mason, and is relieved the ongoing effort has finally come to fruition.

“This file has been open for over 10 years, so we are very pleased that we’ve been able to come to a successful conclusion,” said Card.

Trucking companies in Ontario and Quebec have long been able to use the new generation tire, but in Western Canada the process has been much slower.

Alberta Transportation, along with the AMTA, conducted a pilot project to determine if wide-base single tires would be a viable alternative to the traditional dual tire in an effort to save fuel and help the Government of Alberta make future decisions on the new generation tire. And during the yearlong pilot, super singles showed an average of 8% fuel savings compared to duals.

Initially, Westcan Bulk Transport was the lone company participating in the pilot, making runs between Edmonton and Calgary from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2016, carrying the maximum allowable axle loads as permitted on a two-tire configuration. Westcan made 98 trips per week (14 per day) on this run, which the government said would limit the number of variables to measure, making the data easy to interpret.

Rosenau Transport eventually came into the fold, testing the wide-base single tire and ending Phase 2 of the project at the end of January.

Rosenau Transport did the same run as Westcan between Edmonton and Calgary with full weights on the super singles, but also included trips on Highway 63 to Fort McMurray and Highway 43 to Grande Prairie.

Card said the AMTA had attempted to get approval for higher weights for the pilot project, but ultimately did concede to lower weight limits to what was tested during the pilot and has now been approved by the provincial government.

Initial concerns over the use of wide-base single tires were focused around potential road damage, but Card said studies on the 455 super single were telling.

“Speaking to our counterparts in Ontario and Quebec,” she said, “they have not seen any noticeable pavement damage. For example, if a road was scheduled to be done in 20 years, it might now have to be done in 19.98 years. There has been no noticeable pavement damage with the use of these tires.”

Drivers who have used the new generation tire have also relayed to the AMTA that they offer a nice ride and superior handling during all seasons.

The pilot program is now complete, running from July 2016 to this past June.

However, because the Government of Alberta’s authority is limited to provincial highways, the use of super singles is limited, and is still not permitted within municipalities.

“We still need to continue working with the various municipalities to get approval for those roads,” Card said, adding that there are 340 municipalities in Alberta. “The province only has authority over provincial highways, and anything in municipalities goes back to the individual municipalities.”

This poses some challenges to companies looking to pick up and drop of freight in a city or town, but Card is confident municipalities will hop on board.

“We’re hopeful that all of the municipalities will buy into the process and will allow the tires,” said Card. “The provincial government is working on getting information and communication out there to (municipalities) to let them know of the minister’s announcement.”

Card admitted that there is a cost to companies looking to change over to wide-base single tires, and now that they have been approved, she expects the new technology to take a bit of time to become commonplace.

“I think it will be a slow process,” Card said. “Any discussions we have had with our membership was wait-and-see what’s going to happen. We’re not expecting every truck to start running new generation tires in the province. We hope to see that there will be more of an uptake with these tires going forward.”

Card did point out that trucks coming from the east will now be allowed to run super singles right through to the Alberta-B.C. border.

“It’s just another way to break down some of the barriers,” she said.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Streamlined border among NAFTA wish list
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WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. is looking to automate and streamline customs and border procedures among a list of objectives that it has for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The negotiation objectives were released on July 17 by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The 18-page document asks for “automation of import, export, and transit processes” as well as “reduced import, export, and transit forms, documents, and formalities [and] enhanced harmonization of customs data requirements” for goods crossing the border.

The U.S. was widely expected to ask for restrictions on both Canadian softwood lumber and dairy exports. While neither are mentioned specifically in the summary, there are provisions surrounding food safety and plant and animal health, and a call for solving “unwarranted barriers that block the export of U.S. food and agricultural products.”

The document also contains broad language surrounding the transparency of laws and border regulations, along with autonomy for each NAFTA member in determining and enforcing its own laws and regulations.

The U.S. is also seeking to change the way disputes are resolved.

NAFTA renegotiations are set to begin as early as August 17.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Names of Semi Drivers Involved in Double Fatal on I-70 Released
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Clay County, Ind. - Some of the names have officially been released concerning the double fatal crash on Interstate 70.

That tragic crash took the life of five-year-old and a one-year-old.

Leaving the mother and a three-year-old air lifted to an Indianapolis hospital.
Indiana State Police have released the names of the semi-truck drivers.

The truck driver, who failed to yield to slow traffic in a construction zone is 62-year-old Amritpal Singh of Quebec, Canada.

The other semi driver is 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis.

This accident occurred at the 16 mile marker of I-70 in the westbound lane, just before the Vigo County Line.

Two children, a five-year-old male and a 1-year-old female died at the scene of the accident.

The mother was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with traumatic injuries.

The three-year-old male child airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital with was is believed to be life-threatening injuries.

It has been released that the family was from the state of Ohio.

Sergeant Joe Watts, with the Indiana State Police, was on the scene.

"The children were pulled from the van. Bystanders were performing CPR, medical first aid when troopers arrived on the scene," says SGT. Joe Watts. "Troopers were on scene within one minute of this crash. That's important to note as well. So all the efforts, area fire departments, area EMFS were deployed, air ambulance was on the scene so all the stops were pulled out for this crash."

Reportedly, one of the semi drivers was also transported to the hospital, with unknown injuries.

We have gotten word that the west bound lanes have re-opened.

Traffic should return to normal very soon.

The names of the children and mother will be released at another time.

Source of article click here : My Wabash Valley
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26 million hours lost in traffic in Montreal
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The motorists in montreal are losing each year, 26.3 million hours in the circulation, which ranks second among canadian drivers.

According to a study of CAA was conducted at the beginning of the year, the traffic in montreal is the worst in the country after Toronto, which generates each year 51.6 million hours of slowing down.

These figures are of concern to the Chamber of commerce of Canada, which denounces the environmental cost and economic congestion in a report made public today.

Billions of dollars

“If we take the example of a driver stuck on the Champlain bridge, this implies several costs : the wear and tear of the truck, the fuel, the wage of the driver and a well delivered late, which always has negative consequences,” said Guillaum Dubreuil, the spokesperson of the Chamber of commerce of Canada.

The exact cost of congestion to the canadian companies is difficult to quantify precisely, ” said Guillaum Dubreuil. He believes, however, in billions of dollars.

“Trucking companies and transport are the first to be affected, but these are not the only ones, he says. A lot of manufacturing companies work on the model just-in-time, that involves receiving parts immediately in case of need. For them, a delay in delivery can have serious consequences. “


In its report, the Canadian Chamber of commerce indicates that the decrease of the traffic in montreal is going through a regular maintenance of the infrastructure. This would avoid the disturbance caused by major construction work.

The institution notes in this regard the efforts of the City which, in its maintenance plan, current plans to work on the maintenance of 676 km of road per year, compared to 295 km by 2015.

“It remains to ensure that the work does not relate only to the sectors the most visible, but all are beautiful and well into an overall plan consistent “, grade Guillaum Dubreuil.

Mr. Dubreuil adds that the City of Montreal could also take inspiration from what is done elsewhere in terms of communication.

He cited the example of the closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles in 2012, which the citizens had been warned weeks in advance.

Source of article click here : the Sherbrooke Times

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Rapidly expanding trucking firm
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BSD Linehaul operations manager Carl Gatt, left, dispatcher Sima Chandi and co-owner Sam Chandi, right, go over plans for a huge 150,000 square foot warehouse scheduled to start construction in September of this year. The group were at their Division Road trucking facility Tuesday July 18, 2017

A rapidly growing trucking firm started out of a Brampton basement in 2012 is building a 150,000-square-foot warehouse to take advantage of Windsor’s strategic location at the U.S. border.

BSD Linehaul intends to start construction this fall at its 18-acre site on Division Road west of the CN Rail tracks. It plans on building a $23-million cross-dock facility to take advantage of the fact the U.S. is expected to require trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices by the end of this year. These costly (about $5,500 per truck) ELDs keep track of the hours a driver’s been on the road and start flashing and continue flashing until the driver pulls over and goes to bed.

Though not required yet in Canada, Canadian trucks going to the U.S. have to have them and the device starts recording the trip as soon as you start. The new warehouse will enable a Canadian truck without an ELD to stop and transfer its load at in Windsor and have another ELD-equipped truck take it over to the U.S., or a Canadian truck that’s equipped with ELD and nearing its time limit can drop off its load in Windsor so another truck can finish the job.

Baldev Singh Dhot had been a trucker for 12 years in 2012 when he decided to start his own business and purchased a second truck and hired another driver. Today BSD has more than 100 trucks on the road, all ELD-equipped, said operations manager Carl Gatt. 

“We opened up a Windsor hub, we opened up a Michigan hub and we have the Brampton hub,” said Gatt, who said the company will move its headquarters to Windsor from Brampton once the warehouse facility is finished. At 150,000 square feet, the warehouse will be about the size of three large grocery stores.

“BSD is investing over $20 million in the Windsor economy. There will be jobs — crane operators, warehouse people, probably at least 20 people by 2018 once it’s complete.”

He also said many truckers employed by BSD are deciding to move to Windsor, spurred by the ELD rules that will make it advantageous for Canadian-based truckers to start their journeys as close to the border as possible.

“We’re bringing in a lot of work,” said Gatt. “Not bad for a small trucking company that started in 2012.”

He said the company already has two or three major players in the industry interested in using the warehouse.  The project will include 10,000 square feet of space BSD will rent to other trucking companies that want to create a Windsor hub.

“They can park a couple of trucks, hire some people, hire some more drivers to do their shunting across the border to get their loads delivered on time.”

He said the firm located on Division Road, on the former Hanson Pipe property, well aware of former Mayor Eddie Francis’s vision to transform Windsor airport into an international air cargo hub. The BSD warehouse will be a stone’s throw away from freight arriving or departing by air, and it also has arranged to use the adjacent rail line.

Canada is expected to eventually require ELDs, but that will make the Windsor warehouse an even more lucrative venture, according to Gatt. With manufacturers married to the just-in-time delivery of materials, the warehouse will serve as a place for long-haul truckers arriving early to drop their materials and then have them delivered by a local truck at the correct time. 

“That’s the idea of putting up this warehouse and everything else,” Gatt said. “It’s trying to get a leg up on the industry so we can offer more services and be one of the big trucking companies here in the Windsor area.”

Source of article click here : Windsor Star

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Touch-A-Truck event returns to Oshawa
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OSHAWA, Ont. — The fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event is set to take place on August 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. outside Oshawa’s Tribue Communities Centre.

The event is presented by Midway Nissan in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham. Entrance to the hands-on, family-friendly event is free. Touch-a-Truck allows children of all ages to get up close and personal with more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Vehicle partners include the Oshawa Fire Services, Durham Regional Police, Hard-Co Construction Ltd., Ontario Regiment Museum, and many more.

“We are thrilled to announce the fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event,” stated William Balfour, director of marketing and group sales for Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Tribute Communities Centre. “Over the past four years, we as a community have raised more than $6,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham through this event and the level of support we receive from the vehicle and community partners year after year is incredible. Without the support from community partners, this event would not be possible.”

Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s event will start an hour earlier to help make it possible for families to visit more vehicles during the event.

“The crowds continue to grow each year and it is an amazing feeling to see children having so much fun turning on the sirens and honking the horns while they sit in the driver’s seat of so many different vehicles. It’s also great to see the parents participating as well after their children’s turn,” Balfour added. “This year’s event will utilize a portion of Bruce Street and Charles Street as the south suite holder’s parking lot will be under construction and unavailable for the event. The City of Oshawa and Spectra know how much our community enjoy this event so we worked to ensure it could proceed despite the loss of the south parking lot to construction.”

The 2016 event was the largest Touch-a-Truck Spectra had organized at the Tribute Communities Centre with almost 50 participating vehicles and attendance nearing 4,000. The Spectra team aims to surpass last year’s $2,027 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham and encourages all attendees to donate what they can afford to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the event at their booth.

There will also be a charity barbecue for those who attend.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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