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The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.The newly expanded facility isMore >>
The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.More >>
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The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO...More >>
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The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...More >>
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new...More >>
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A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened. Bobby Ray McCombs brothersMore >>
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened.
Danny Loftin remembers
the days he used to drive more than a hundred thousand miles a year as a
Loftin still drives
although he devotes most of his time to his bar-b-que restaurant in Prattville.
Loftin says driving a big rig is so much more than just being on the road a
for a 40 ton truck compared to a 4,000 pound car. If the two get tangled up,
the car loses," said Loftin.
Earlier this week a
Georgia man died after his 18-wheeler rear-ended another 18-wheeler on
Interstate 85 near Shorter. In Clanton yesterday another tractor trailer
rear-ended another big rig causing minor injuries. And this morning in Pike
County, a truck driver was ejected and died on the scene after he struck a tree
that had fallen in the road.
Despite what's happened
this week in central Alabama, state troopers say the overall number of
18-wheeler accidents in Alabama is down but could easily go up since traffic is
heavy this time of year.
"A lot of people
are headed to the beach and we're going into Father's Day and you have more
truckers on the road. The odds are higher you're going to have a wreck because
you have more people on the road," said Capt. Tim Pullin, Commander of the
Motor Carriers Division for the Department of Public Safety.
Capt. Pullin says safety
really is a matter of common sense.
"Keep a safe
distance and don't follow too closely. You'll get where you need to go,"
To improve safety on
America's highways the federal goverment is handing down a new regulation for
truck drivers beginning July 1. They will no longer be able to drive 84 hours a
week. That's being cut to no more than 70 hours a week.
"This should help reduce
fatigue," said Pullin.
disagrees with the new mandate claiming it will increase costs and force truck
companies to spend more money on additional drivers. Loftin believes the new
mandate will see drivers spending more time 'twiddling their thumbs.'
Still, that won't change
Danny Loftin's love for the road and won't change Capt. Pullin's recipe for
safe driving on the highways; respect for each other.