Editor’s Note: Before 2016 arrives, Truckers News is taking a month-by-month look at the stories and videos that were most popular with you, our readers.
The year is winding down, and it’s been a busy one for the trucking industry. The beginning of the year may have been 12 months ago, but there were some big stories in January.
From a Pennsylvania lawmaker trying to pass “chilling” trucking legislation to a custom shop specializing in military vehicles, January had a lot of news to offer. These selections, based on audience data, were the most-read stories from January 2015.
These were the most read stories of January 2015:
1. Trucker injured in collapse of bridge onto Interstate 75 (Read it here.)
A truck driver from Howell, Mich. was taken to a hospital after he was injured during a construction site accident on Interstate 75 near Cincinnati. The trucker was injured when the Hopple Street bridge collapsed, also killing a construction worker. The bridge was being demolished at the time of the collapse.
2. Former military trucks get custom treatment, new lives (Read it here.)
Matt Speed of Cornelia, Ga., launched Custom Combat Trucks after restoring a military surplus truck of his own in 2012. At his shop, Speed and his team take military trucks and give them a second life as a civilian vehicle by customizing the trucks interior and exterior. These customizations include giving the truck a more pick-up style. “Something important to remember is that these are all custom builds,” Speed said. “No two trucks are alike.”
3. Pennsylvania lawmaker wants snow, ice removed from trucks (Read it here.)
Pennsylvania Sen. Lisa Boscola announced that she wanted to introduce legislation that would require truckers to make “all reasonable efforts” to remove accumulated snow or ice from their trucks. She proposed that they face fines for not doing so if stopped by police.
These were the most watched videos from January 2015:
1. Dash cam view of deadly Interstate 94 pileup
About 90 vehicles ended up in a chain reaction crash on Interstate 94 in Michigan.
2. Truck loaded with fireworks in Interstate 94 pileup explodes
A truck involved in the massive 90-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan was carrying 44,000 pounds of fireworks.
3. Two trucks plunge down mountainside
A tow truck the and the truck behind it were sent sliding precariously down a snowy mountainside in Norway.