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Drivers ‘deserve to be trained’, says BC widow calling for nation-wide standards

May 7, 2018 by elizabeth

FALKLAND, B.C. – Pattie Babij is on a mission to make new driver training mandatory nation-wide.

It’s been a difficult year for Babij. A little more than 12 months ago her husband Steve was driving his truck near Revelstoke, B.C. when another semi crossed the median and hit him head on – neither he nor the couple’s dog Zak survived the crash.

To add to the grief, she’s being forced to sell her dairy farm because she’s unable to run it without her husband’s help.

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Honoring Humboldt: We must learn the lessons that emerge

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

The only thing we really know about the collision at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335 is the extent of the tragedy. Sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos family, all too young, were lost in early April when a bus and truck collided. Thirteen more were injured. The scars, both physical and emotional, remain.

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Sask. crash sees suspended licence for trucking company

April 10, 2018 by elizabeth

CALGARY, Alta. – The small trucking company whose driver was involved in the Humboldt bus crash has had its licence to operate temporarily suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. According to a Global News report, Alberta Transport Minister Brian Mason […]

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Demo allows challenges to U.S. crash findings

July 31, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) launches a demonstration project on August 1 that will allow carriers to dispute crash findings applied to collision since June 1.

If those crashes are found to be “not preventable”, individual Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores could improve.

The program emerges following a study on crash causes, released earlier in July.

The agency will use its DataQs national data correction system to accept Requests for Data Reviews (RDRs) to “evaluate the preventability of certain categories of crashes”.

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Board identifies causes of Quebec crash

June 26, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – A chain of events – including tight following distances and the unexpected application of another truck’s emergency brakes — ultimately led to the death of a truck driver on the Metropolitan Expressway, Quebec’s workplace health and safety board has determined.

Gilbert Prince, a driver with Enterprise Gestion Georges and Robert, died at the scene of the August 9 collision on Route A40. Smoke from the resulting fire was reportedly seen as much as 30 kilometers away.

It all began when a Bombardier fuel truck stopped unexpectedly on Lajeunesse Street, according to Commission des norms, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). The cube van that was following it was able to stop in time, but a Givesco flatbed to its rear ended up hitting the back of the cube van. Prince’s fuel tanker collided with those.

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Plan for the worst collisions, loss control specialist says

June 16, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Roads and highways can be a dangerous place. The World Health Organization says there were about 1.25 million road traffic fatalities around the world in 2013, notes David Gaskin, a loss control specialist with Aviva Canada. Canada records about six such fatalities per 100,000 people.

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Study says link between weather and crashes not what you think

May 29, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON — Quick: Do more accidents happen in lousy or good weather? According to a research study led by Sunnybrook Hospital physician and epidemiologist Dr. Donald Redelmeier, it’s actually the bright, sunny days that put us at all at greater risk of getting into a crash.

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Tesla was speeding in fatal truck collision, NTSB finds

August 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board has found that the 2015 Tesla Model S car was speeding at the time of the May 7 Florida highway crash that led to the first autonomous vehicle driver death in history.

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Too many commercial vehicles in crashes: OPP

December 22, 2014 by Allan Janssen

ORILLIA, ON – Provincial police force says it is dealing with too many truck collisions on Ontario roads.

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Parked Truck Blamed in Cali SUV Accident

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The truck driver who parked his rig on the side of a Southern California freeway was the cause for the horrific SUV crash that claimed three lives, an L.A. jury concluded.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Trucks no match for ‘Wreckhouse’ winds

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

PORT Aux BASQUE, Nfld. — It’s not uncommon in these parts to see tractor-trailers take to the air, getting blown clean off the Trans-Canada.

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Chronic speeders not slowing down

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — In a period of less than a month, Ontario Provincial Police and other police forces around the province have nabbed more than 700 speeders doing at least 50 km/h over the posted limit.

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Manitoba trucking boss blasts anti-truck article

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINNIPEG — You’d think that the media would have stopped using Canadians for Responsible and Safe Highways (CRASH) as a reputable source

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Chronic speeders not slowing down

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — In a period of less than a month, Ontario Provincial Police and other police forces around the province have nabbed more than 700 speeders doing at least 50 km/h over the posted limit.