Briefly: Motorist dies when they slam into truck stopped at RR crossing

In honor of Military Appreciation Month this May, the veteran-founded Pilot Company is donating $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA,
In honor of Military Appreciation Month this May, the veteran-founded Pilot Company is donating $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA,

A 29-year-old Indiana man died when his car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer that had stopped at a railroad crossing in western Indiana.

Indiana State Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon crash on US 41 just north of State Road 48. 

A statement from the troopers says a 2015 Mack tractor-trailer driven by Thomas E. Selig, 64, of Rockville, Indiana, was northbound on US 41 with its four-way flashers activated.  The troopers say the emergency lights were activated because Selig hauling hazardous materials.

Selig told the troopers he was stopped at a railroad crossing, which he is required by law to do due to carrying hazardous material when he felt an impact in the rear of his trailer.  A 2014 Chevrolet driven by Dillion K Killion of Terre Haute was traveling northbound and failed to observe that the truck had stopped, running into the rear. 

Troopers say Killion died at the scene. Selig was uninjured.

Pilot observes Military Appreciation Month; offers specials, freebies

 In honor of Military Appreciation Month this May, the veteran-founded Pilot Company is donating $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to providing job search assistance to current members of the military, veterans, and their spouses. Military members and their families will also be celebrated at the company's travel centers across North America with special offers and freebies available in the myRewards Plus app

Pilot Company will have exclusive offers in May and a year-round 10% discount on food and beverages for the military and their families. To redeem these special deals, including free pizza and fountain drink, free Full Throttle energy drink, and 50% off hats, download the myRewards app, verify through ID.me and visit a participating U.S. Pilot or Flying J travel center. Canadian military veterans can also validate their military status through ID.me and utilize the year-round 10% military discount when checking out at a participating Flying J travel center in Canada.

"We are passionate about serving those who protect our country and are grateful for organizations like Hire Heroes USA that are helping find meaningful and successful careers for these highly skilled service men and women," said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. 

TCA hands out scholarships to 55 students in high school and college

The Truckload Carriers Association recently awarded more than $160,000 in scholarships to students associated with the trucking industry.

This school year, 19 high school seniors, 15 college freshmen, 11 college sophomores, 7 college juniors, and 3 college seniors were awarded scholarships totaling more than $160,000. Recipients span across the United States and Canada with Wisconsin leading the way with eight recipients.

Since 1973, the Fund has been providing scholarships to students associated with the trucking industry. Each scholarship recipient must be a student in good standing attending a four-year college or university and must be associated with a TCA member company as an employee, independent contractor, or the child, grandchild, or spouse of an employee or independent contractor of a TCA member company.

Students winning scholarships honoring TCA's past chairman scholarships include:

Tristan Schelvan -- H.O. Wolding -- NAIT Scholarship – $6,250

Rae Ballinger -- H.O Wolding -- John Kaburick Scholarship – $4,500

Alexandra Wayne -- Brown Trucking Company -- Kai Norris Scholarship – $3,250

Joshua Short -- Cargo Transporters, Inc. -- Darrel Clark Wilson III Scholarship – $3,250

Mallory Beamer -- Dutch Maid Logistics -- Thomas Welby Scholarship – $3,250

Jared Anderson -- deBoer Transportation, Inc. -- Stoney Reese Stubbs Scholarship – $3,250

Cade Walder -- Nussbaum Transportation -- Robert Low Scholarship – $3,250

Amy Pitzel -- Bison Transport -- Robert D. Penner Scholarship – $3,250

Landry Kirsling -- H.O. Wolding -- Thomas R. Schilli Scholarship – $3,250 

Connor Gates -- Prime Inc. -- Thomas R. Schilli Scholarship – $3,250 

Nathan Gariepy -- Load One, LLC -- Keith Tuttle Scholarship – $3,250 

 Anthony Ciraulo -- Werner Enterprises -- Tom Kretsinger, Jr. Scholarship – $3,250 

The following were awarded $2,725 for the 2022-23 school year:

Elizabeth Wilhelm — Hirschbach Motor Lines

Toby Plattner — Nussbaum Transportation

Parker Litterick — Warren Transport, Inc.

Jack Thompson — Cheema Freightlines, LLC

Jocelyn Calderon — Whiteline Express, Ltd.

Isabella Makowske – Dart Transit Company 

Olivia Thompson — Cheema Freightlines, LLC

Keylan Newton — Covenant Transport Services 

Megan Rogers — Don Hummer Trucking Corp.

Martina Tolhurst — Bison Transport

Isabella McDaniel — Buchanan Hauling & Rigging

Emily Dudaitis — E and V Services, Inc.

Annika Waltenberg — H.O. Wolding

Chase Forwerck — Keller Logistics, LLC

Nicholas Farrell — Load One, LLC

Jack Rogers — Don Hummer Trucking Corp.

Chloe Smith — Barber Trucking, Inc.

Courtney Street — Wilson Logistics

Tanner Nelson — Bay & Bay

Skyler Seybold — Prime Inc.

Kylie Woods — Woods Transportation LLC

Alyssa Kirsling — H.O. Wolding

Nathan Stice — CFI

Rylee Deckard — Prime Inc.

Natalie Houser — Daseke - Boyd Bros Transportation Inc.

Mason Jenkins — Doug Andrus Distributing LLC

Andrew Goble — DMC Insurance

Victoria Freeman — U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Jacob Moore — Covenant Logistics

Molly Nugent — R.E. Garrison Trucking

James Floyd — KLLM Transport Services

Kaden Buatte — Prime Inc.

Genesis Drake — Cargo Transporters, Inc.

Kelsey Fullenkamp — Whiteline Express, Ltd.

Eva Whang — Veriha Trucking

Ariel Swerlein — Classic Carriers, Inc.

Kylie Wenger — Wilson Logistics

Jaida Ndungu — USA Truck, Inc.

Seth Bose — K & J Trucking

Theresa Stephens — McLeod Software

Kelsey McGaughey — PGT Trucking, Inc.

Jackson Smith — Arctic Express

Benay Taylor — Prime Inc.

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