Drivers ‘deserve to be trained’, says BC widow calling for nation-wide standards

FALKLAND, B.C. – Pattie Babij is on a mission to make new driver training mandatory nation-wide. It’s been a difficult year for Babij. A little more than 12 months ago her husband Steve was driving his truck near Revelstoke, B.C. when another semi crossed the median and hit him head on – neither he nor the couple’s dog Zak survived the crash. To add to the grief, she’s being forced to sell her dairy farm because she’s unable to run it without her husband’s help.

Demo allows challenges to U.S. crash findings

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) launches a demonstration project on August 1 that will allow carriers to dispute crash findings applied to collision since June 1. If those crashes are found to be "not preventable", individual Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores could improve. The program emerges following a study on crash causes, released earlier in July. The agency will use its DataQs national data correction system to accept Requests for Data Reviews (RDRs) to "evaluate the preventability of certain categories of crashes".

Board identifies causes of Quebec crash

MONTREAL, QC - A chain of events - including tight following distances and the unexpected application of another truck's emergency brakes -- ultimately led to the death of a truck driver on the Metropolitan Expressway, Quebec's workplace health and safety board has determined. Gilbert Prince, a driver with Enterprise Gestion Georges and Robert, died at the scene of the August 9 collision on Route A40. Smoke from the resulting fire was reportedly seen as much as 30 kilometers away. It all began when a Bombardier fuel truck stopped unexpectedly on Lajeunesse Street, according to Commission des norms, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). The cube van that was following it was able to stop in time, but a Givesco flatbed to its rear ended up hitting the back of the cube van. Prince's fuel tanker collided with those.