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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sasquatch blamed for Idaho car crash

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March 27,2017  
As if drivers needed another distraction these days.

An Idaho woman who crashed into a deer on the night of March 22 claims the animal was chased in front of her car by a sasquatch.

The unidentified 50-year-old from the town of Tensed apparently became just that as she was driving along U.S. 95 near Potlatch and saw a shaggy seven- to eight-foot-tall creature running after the deer on the side of the highway, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports.

The woman told police that, after speeding by, she took a look in her rear-view mirror and next thing she knew the deer ran into the road and slammed into her Subaru Forester.

Uninjured, she left the area to pick up her husband at work, and then reported the incident to the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office.

Police found no evidence of a sasquatch at the scene of the accident, which is not far from Moscow Mountain, the location of several alleged sasquatch/bigfoot sightings over the years.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Trucker shot after being turned away from Coliseum lot files suit
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Jan, 2017  A 73-year-old truck driver who was shot near the Oakland Coliseum while sleeping in his cab has sued the stadium authority for alleged negligence, claiming security personnel wouldn’t let him spend the night in the safety of the stadium complex’s parking lot.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Alameda County Superior Court, Jerry Lloyd Matson of Indiana says he was accustomed to spending the night in the Coliseum’s fenced lot when he made regular deliveries to the sports complex.
He would sleep in the lot, then make his deliveries in the morning, Matson said. That meant he didn’t have to doze off in the “high-crime area” around the Coliseum, the suit says.
But on Dec. 15, 2015, Matson said, security personnel “were adamant” in refusing to let him into the lot so he could make a nighttime delivery during a concert.
When Matson asked where he should park and sleep, the lawsuit says, the guards directed him to the west side of Interstate 880, across from the stadium and Oracle Arena.
Later that night, Matson awoke to banging on the door of his tractor and then the smash of the driver’s window, the lawsuit says. Matson said he jumped up to confront the intruder, and when he did, he was shot in the abdomen and seriously injured. No one has been arrested.
Because Matson had previously “reasonably relied” on the Coliseum staff to let him sleep in their parking lot, the lawsuit says, the stadium authority negligently exposed him to danger when the guards didn’t let him in.
The suit seeks compensatory damages for Matson, who said he lost wages and the use of his truck. It also seeks reimbursement for his hospital and medical expenses.
His attorney, Nick Casper, said in an interview that Matson had been in the hospital for at least a month and couldn’t work for a year after that. He’s now driving again but still has pain and can’t drive “quite as far,” Casper said.
A spokesman for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority did not respond to a request for comment.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Oh Ye Canada!

Photo: Shuyee Lee (CJAD 800)

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The family of a truck driver—arrested by provincial police and accused of refusing to allow his 18-wheeler to be towed during the closure of Highway 13 during the big storm last week, when hundreds were stranded overnight—says we have it all wrong.
Provincial police arrested Palwinder Singh Johal at his Laval home early Saturday. He was handed over to police custody in Kingston, Ont., where a warrant was out for his arrest.
He spent the night behind bars but was released Sunday, and now he and his family are contesting that he is to blame for the bottlenecking on the highway that led to people being stranded, in some cases, for 13 hours during the blizzard.
The family of the 57-year-old truck driver have denied Johal ever refused to have his truck towed, and are offering the receipt and credit card charged for it as proof. Witnesses and sources familiar with the situation that night have said truck drivers refused to have their vehicles towed Tuesday night until about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Not only was he compliant, but Johal's son, Paramjit, says Johal's truck wasn't at the front of the pack and was actually several back from the first stuck 18-wheeler.
Paramjit, himself a trucker, published a live video from the closed highway to his Facebook just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.


Story thanks to Richard Deschamps: Meanwhile,two separate law firms have filed documents asking the courts to authorize a class-action lawsuit on behalf of those who spent hours stuck on Highway 13 during last Tuesday's epic snowstorm.
Last Thursday, the first collective action was filed on behalf of those stuck on the highway, unable to move, while snow quickly accumulated around their cars.
At that time, lawyers were seeking $2,000 for each victim. On Monday, $500 was added to that amount, for additional punitive damages.
As many as 1,000 people could wind up filing claims.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What Truck Drivers Miss Most About Home

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Dave Dudley knew what he was talking about when he sang “Six Days on the Road” about a lonely trucker hustling to get back home:
Six days on the road and I’m gonna make it home tonight
Well, it seems like a month since I kissed my baby goodbye
For all the talk about the freedom of the open road, long-haul trucking means a lot of nights spent away from home and family. Cabs might be equipped with electronics, appliances and other creature comforts, but they’re not home. And CB chatter is a poor substitute for real companionship.
That absence from home has broken up relationships and caused drivers to change jobs or at least come off the road.
We asked members of the RoadPro Pro Driver Council what they miss most about home and here’s what they told us:
“I always miss my daughter, she's at an age (5) where all she wants to do is learn and have fun.” – Ryan Sexton
“When I’m running solo, I miss my significant other. When I’m running team with him, I miss curling up together at night in our own bed (not one sleeping while the other drives).” – Libby Clayton
“My girls. And by saying my girls, I mean my two daughters and my wife. They are the center of my world.  My oldest daughter, who is now 24, watching her progress through life with my first grandchild, makes me beam with pride at the mother she has become. 
“My youngest daughter, now 15. She is all in with cheerleading, schools, and her friends. Watching her do competitive cheer and seeing the passion and the success she has had actually pushes me harder in my career to have the passion for safety. 
“My wife, she is my rock. She keeps me grounded and focused on what matters most, my family. She is most definitely my best friend.” – Thomas Miller 
“At the end of the day, we miss human touch and companionship the most. It’s the little things, the smells of loved ones or a hug or squeeze of a hand at the end of a long day that most of us miss the most. Yes, we can have contact with home, but it misses something, even the simple act of a loved one riding on the truck for a short period can make a huge difference.” – Tom Kyrk

“We haven't been home or off the truck (except for engine repairs stuck in a hotel room in nowhere Georgia) in over a year. The things I miss the most are having "me time," the privacy that being home gives you, where each can go do their own thing for a while. Even having a big house sleeper, after more than a year on the road, 120" of space may be big for a truck, but it feels increasingly smaller the longer we are out.
“The other thing I miss is having a full kitchen. Cooking is my passion. It helps with my anxiety. Also, I come from a Cuban family, where everything in life, from birth to death, revolves around the kitchen and food. ‘Life happens in a kitchen.’ While I make do the best I can on the truck, and even though I have more space and amenities than most, it's still not the same. I miss my kitchen and gadgets.” – Sierra Sugar, who rides with partner Allen Welcher
However much they miss home, these professional drivers make it work.

RoadPro Family of Brands

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

U-Haul truck rentals reveal Texas as number one growth state
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Feb, 2017  Trucks come in handy for a lot of things, including figuring out which states are the most popular in the nation.
U-Haul revealed through its annual migration trends report today that Texas is the No. 1 U.S. Growth State for 2016.

That makes for quite a turnaround from 2015, when Texas was a net-loss state and ranked No. 39 on this list. The year-over-year arrival of one-way U-Haul truck rentals rose 4 percent last year in Texas while departures held steady.
Releases on each of the top 10 growth states and the top U.S. Growth Cities are available at Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri complete the top five growth states. Illinois continues to rank 50th the top net-loss state, preceded by California’s slide to No. 49 after cracking the top five for 2015.
Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.
While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well cities are attracting and maintaining residents.
Arrivals outpaced departures 50.8 to 49.2 percent in Texas last year thanks to locations such as Austin, the No. 2 U.S. Growth City in the 50,000-plus population category behind Madison, Wis.
Granbury, McKinney, Richardson, Temple, New Braunfels, Dallas and College Station are other notable Texas growth cities to see a bump in U-Haul arrivals in 2016.
“Everything in Texas is growing exponentially,” says Zane Rowland, U-Haul Company of North East Dallas president. “Our market is strong. Lots of major companies are moving to Texas because of the tax breaks. Between the low cost of living, the abundance of job opportunities and the ability to start a business, many people want to move to Texas.”
The Lone Star State has gained large operations, or seen expansions of existing operations, with the likes of Toyota, Apple and Amazon to increase employment opportunities.
“I am proud that Texas continues to be the state of choice for those looking for expanded economic opportunities,” Governor Greg Abbott says in response to his state’s U-Haul growth ranking. “In the Lone Star State, we recognize that increased regulations and higher taxes are barriers to success for businesses, individuals and families. That is why, as governor, I will continue to work to ensure we promote a pro-growth environment across the state that gives everyone the opportunity to thrive, leading to a more prosperous Texas.”
In 2016, U-Haul registered a net gain of about 80 neighborhood dealers across the state. This made it more convenient to access U-Haul trucks, trailers, self-storage, moving supplies, hitches, propane and other products and services.
Find U-Haul stores and neighborhood dealers in Texas at
U-Haul reports that it is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul locations provides a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.