This Week in Trucking – December 9, 2018

It's been a wild week in trucking. One state has announced that they're cracking down on drivers violate chain laws; a trucker fell into a manhole at a Love's truck stop; and a man was sentenced for helping non-English speaking students cheat on...

CHP says semi truck lost brakes, leading to 20-car pileup

Witnesses say big rig's brakes were smoking before it plowed into 20 other vehicles
Police say that brake failure is to blame for a massive fiery pileup crash in Santa Cruz, California this morning.

Hook hands, fair wages, and funeral processions all present in this week’s top trucking news

Looking for the best stories of the week? We've got them right here.

11,000 UPS Freight drivers may go on strike on Monday

UPS says their proposed contract is one of the best in the industry, but their drivers disagree.

Resident shoved and “grabbed about the throat” while confronting lost truck driver, police say

The city says they are now planning to erect signs warning tractor trailers to stay out of the area.

These are the ‘riskiest’ roads for truckers in North America

Four of the five roads listed are in close proximity to interchanges,

These are the riskiest days (and times) for truckers, according to research

Still, the study says that trucking is getting safer.

Big rig loses tire, driver notices 150 miles later

Police were able to locate the driver after receiving a tip from the mechanic shop repairing his truck.

Community nervous about big rigs after 285 pounds of illegal drugs seized from semi truck

Officers say that the drugs were coming from California and were on route to Ohio.

Armed trucker able to defend himself against gas station attacker

Police say the trucker was outside of a 7-eleven when a man suddenly attacked him.

Building seriously damaged after semi truck proves too tall to exit business following hot tub delivery

It is not yet clear whether the truck driver has been cited for the ordeal.

Chain-reaction crash leaves five injured

Drivers were advised to avoid the area until around 1:00 p.m.

Parents filing lawsuit following collision between school bus, semi truck

The exact reason for the crash is still under investigation.

Residents growing “increasingly frustrated” about UDOT’s planned conversion of chain-up area into 40-spot truck-parking lot

"It's the worst location and the best location. It depends on your perspective,”said County Council Chair Kim Carson.

HSI: AZ trucking companies accused of illegally hiring Mexican drivers willing to transport produce for half the price of US truckers

“Circumventing visa rules hurts the trucking industry and it hurts the citizens of Santa Cruz County,” said the deputy special agent in charge.