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'Horrific Tragedy': 8 Dead in Tractor Trailer at Walmart

San Antonio cops suspect human trafficking after dozens found crammed in truck

(Newser) - Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. Some 30 other people were found in the truck, which didn't have a working air conditioning system, and they were taken to hospitals,... More »

Windy Day Leads to Tragedy on Virginia Bridge

47-year-old Joseph Chen didn't survive after his rig plunged into Chesapeake Bay

(Newser) - A blustery day on a Virginia bridge led to a truck driver's death Thursday, the AP reports. Joseph Chen, a 47-year-old employee of Evans Transport, was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in his tractor-trailer around 12:30pm, shortly after weather reports had indicated a Level 1 wind advisory, meaning... More »

Cop's Daring Move Stops Runaway Semi

Driver apparently passed out due to diabetic episode

(Newser) - A Nebraska sheriff's deputy jumped into the cab of a runaway semitrailer after the driver apparently passed out at the wheel, stopping the vehicle from possibly crashing off a busy viaduct bridge. Deputies responding to a 911 call about a reckless semi on US Highway 81 caught up with... More »

2 Trucks Plummet Off Georgia Bridge Onto Highway

A Publix truck and a tanker with 8K gallons of fuel ended up on road below

(Newser) - Lunch hour got messy in Georgia today when two tractor-trailers drove right off an I-285 bridge and onto busy state highway 400, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Three people were sent to area hospitals, and the Sandy Springs Police Department warned that lane closures—which include all northbound lanes of 400... More »

Up to 62 Injured as Amtrak Train Hits Truck

Witness: Tractor-trailor was trying to make a difficult turn

(Newser) - An Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn today in Raleigh, North Carolina. At least one of the train's cars toppled and 55 or more people were injured. The tractor-trailer had backed up several times as... More »

Smashed by 2 Semis in Huge Pileup, Guy Gets a Miracle

Kaleb Whitby walks from 26-car pileup in Oregon with a pair of Band-Aids

(Newser) - Twenty-six vehicles piled up early yesterday amid a dangerous mix of black ice, wind, and fog on an Oregon highway—a dozen of those vehicles were semis, and two of them combined to make what the Oregonian is likening to a "panini" out of Kaleb Whitby's Chevy Silverado.... More »

Tractor-Trailer Hits Restaurant; 1 Dead

Police not sure what happened yet in Ithaca

(Newser) - A tractor-trailer carrying cars slammed into a restaurant in Ithaca, NY, yesterday, killing one person and injuring seven others, reports the Ithaca Journal . The driver survived, and the investigation is continuing into what happened. A witness tells the newspaper that the truck didn't sound its horn as it came... More »

Truck Flips, Dumps 20M Angry Bees on Highway

Delaware beekeepers rush to the rescue

(Newser) - It might seem that if you were hauling around, say, 20 million or so passengers who could sting the hell out of you, you might proceed with an abundance of caution. Such was not the fate of a Florida-to-Maine driver this week, who failed to negotiate an on-ramp in Delaware,... More »

100 Cars Crash in Huge Pennsylvania Pileup Chain

Traffic backed up for miles

(Newser) - More than 100 cars and dozens of tractor trailers have been caught up in a chain of accidents stretching over several miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem this morning, backing up traffic for several more miles behind that. The first accident came at about 7:45am on the westbound... More »

Greyhound Crash Kills 1, Injures Dozens

It hit tractor-trailer on I-80 in Pennsylvania, say police

(Newser) - A Greyhound bus struck a tractor-trailer early today on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania, killing a woman, critically injuring four other people, and sending dozens to the hospital, authorities say. The bus was extensively damaged when it hit the rear end of a flatbed trailer that was hauling garbage at... More »

8 Dead in Tennessee Bus Accident

It crossed median on I-40, hit tractor-trailer

(Newser) - An accident involving a bus, a tractor-trailer, and an SUV has left eight people dead and 14 more injured near Knoxville, Tennessee, reports AP . Local TV station WLVT says it was a church bus from North Carolina that caused the accident on I-40. The bus crossed the median and hit... More »

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