U.S. Xpress sued over driver recruiting robocalls

U.S. Xpress sued over driver recruiting robocalls

A truck driver has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against U.S. Xpress over prerecorded driver recruiting “robocalls.”

The lawsuit was filed by driver Christopher Morgan in a Virginia court.

Morgan’s suit asserts that U.S. Xpress’s robocalls are illegal because they violate 1991’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This act “restricts the making of telemarketing calls and the use of automatic telephone dialing systems and artificial or prerecorded voice messages,” according to the FCC. Under the TCPA, some types of robocalls are allowed but factors like whether the telephone line that is being called is residential or cellular and the type of technology used to place the call can impact the legality of the call.

The lawsuit stems from an incident that began on August 18, 2017, when Morgan allegedly received a robocall from U.S. Xpress on his cellphone. From the suit: “When Mr. Morgan answered the call, a pre-recorded instructed him to “Press 1” to speak to a U.S. Xpress recruiter. Although Mr. Morgan did not press 1 and did not wish to speak to a U.S. Xpress recruiter, he received similar calls on the same phone line on September 6, September 22, and October 3, 2017.”

The lawsuit argues that that Morgan and other drivers were harmed by the robocalls because they were “temporarily deprived of legitimate use of their phones because the phone line was tied up during the calls and their privacy was improperly invaded.” The suit also says that the robocalls were harmful because they were “frustrating, obnoxious, annoying, were a nuisance and disturbed the solitude” of Morgan and other call recipients.

The suit asks for U.S. Xpress to pay “statutory damages of $500 for each negligent violation of the TCPA, and $1,500 for each knowing violation.”

U.S. Xpress denies that the recruiting calls are illegal and asserts that the court does not have proper jurisdiction to hear out-of-state complaints.

The trial is set to begin in 2020.

You can click here to view the full text of the lawsuit.

 

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Gunmen who shot trucker at Georgia truck stop still at large

Gunmen who shot trucker at Georgia truck stop still at large

Georgia police are on the hunt for two suspects who allegedly shot a truck driver in the chest during an armed robbery at a truck stop over the weekend.

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. on September 22 at the Flying J Travel Center off I-85 in Carnesville, Georgia, according to the Franklin County Citizen.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says that two males entered the Flying J. While inside, one of the suspects fired two shots at close range at a Florida-based truck driver who had entered the building after refueling.

After shooting the truck driver, the suspects demanded and received money from the cash register and fled on foot.

The truck driver was shot in the chest and his injuries were considered to be life threatening, but he is now listed in stable condition at an Athens hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says that they believe that the shooting was random: “The patron offered no resistance, nor posed any threats to the armed intruders. Authorities were able to review the surveillance video of the business and it was determined that the patron was intentionally and randomly shot by one of the armed robbers.”

Witnesses later told police that the two suspects fled onto southbound i-85 in a full-sized grey or tan SUV that was a 2007 or newer model.

Police say that the two suspects are considered armed and dangerous and are asking the public to contact them at 706-384-2525 if they have any information.

The suspect who shot the truck driver is described as a black male with a small build who was wearing a grey hoodie with the word “Love” on it. He was also wearing blue jeans, red shoes, and a blue bandanna and was carrying a black revolver.

The other suspect was described as a black male with a heavy build wearing red pants, a black hoodie, black shoes, and a blue bandanna. He was carrying a chrome revolver at the time of the robbery.

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Out of control SUV plows into Connecticut weigh station

Waterford Weigh Station

A weigh station scale house on I-95 in Waterford, Connecticut was heavily damaged this morning when an SUV slammed into the building.

The crash was reported around 11 a.m. on the southbound side of the interstate near exit 82, according to NBC Connecticut.

Reports indicate the that SUV driver was driving erratically before crashing into the scale house.

The SUV driver suffered only minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The crash caused serious structural damage to the weigh station facility.

Police are still investigating why the SUV driver crashed into the building.

Connecticut Department of Transportation workers have finished demolishing the building.

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New Jersey police find $1 million worth of heroin and cocaine in load of onions

New Jersey police find $1 million worth of heroin and cocaine in load of onions

Authorities in Morris County, New Jersey, say that they found forty-four pounds of heroin and cocaine in a tractor trailer’s load of onions this week.

The drug bust was made on September 18, 2018 in Netcong, New Jersey, according to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office:

…a Netcong Patrol Officer conducted a stop of a tractor-trailer for a motor vehicle violation that occurred on Main Street in Netcong Borough. During this motor vehicle stop, after the officer was presented with multiple false names by the truck driver, law enforcement developed probable cause that the occupants of the vehicle were transporting illegal narcotics. A search of the trailer revealed a bulk quantity of heroin (approximately 10 kilograms) and a bulk quantity of cocaine (approximately 10 kilograms) hidden among a cargo shipment of onions in the trailer. Police also located $103,180 in cash believed to be proceeds of drug trafficking in the tractor.

Authorities say that the street value of the seized drugs is more than $1 million.

Forty-four year old California-based truck driver Vantwuan D. Williams and his passenger, 57 year old Earl Haggens, were both arrested. Both men were each charged with two counts of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, one count of second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (by transporting over $75,000 of United State s currency believed to be derived from criminal activity), and two counts of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

 

 

 

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Nine arrested in prostitution sting at I-5 rest area

Nine arrested in prostitution sting at I-5 rest area

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says that they arrested nine people during “Operation Human Freight” this week.

On September 18, WSP and the Federal Way Police Department set up an undercover operation at the I-5 rest area in Federal Way. The location was chosen because of numerous complaints from travelers about criminal activity in the area.

According to a news release from WSP, within four hours, nine women had approached undercover officers to offer sex services. All nine women were arrested and given the opportunity to connect to an welfare advocate.

“The Washington State Patrol and many stakeholders recognize the crime issues that exist at the Federal Way rest area and are working tirelessly to discourage the criminal behavior. This was one example of a collaborative approach to policing and the mutual sharing of assets and ideas to make an impact on our communities,” said WSP District 2 Commander, Captain Ron Mead.

WSP says that the goal of “Operation Human Freight” was to identify and rescue women and girls caught up in human trafficking and prostitution. The operation was conducted with assistance from the F.B.I. and Truckers Against Trafficking.

This is the third operation of its kind to be conducted in the state of Washington this year. In late February, 11 people were arrested at a truck stop along I-5 in northern Pierce County as part of “Operation Human Freight.” And in April, 10 people were arrested during an “Operation Human Freight” prostitution sting at a truck stop location off of I-5 near the Centralia and Chehalis area.

 

 

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Three people fatally shot at Maryland warehouse complex

Active Shooter Maryland

Police are asking people to avoid the area of a warehouse complex in Aberdeen, Maryland, due to an active shooter situation.

The shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center was reported to police in Hartford County just after 9 a.m. today.

Authorities have confirmed that at least three people were killed and two injured in the shooting, according to Fox 13.

The shooting is said to have occurred at a support facilty for the main Rite Aid distribution center.

Police now say that the shooter is in custody and is in critical condition at the hospital.

The latest reports indicate that the shooter was a woman, but the motivation for the shooting remains unclear.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the F.B.I. are assisting local law enforcement with the incident.

This is a developing story.

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The oldest house in Plano, Texas, gets trucked to a new home

The oldest house in Plano, Texas, gets trucked to a new home

An historic two story farm house hit a few snags in its journey to a new location in Plano, Texas, yesterday.

The Collinwood House was built around 1861 and needed to be moved by truck from its original location to a farm less than a mile away, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Yesterday morning as the Collinwood House made its journey along Plano city streets to its final destination of Haggard Farm, crews ran into a few snags as the house hit a street light and needed to take a temporary stop in the roadway. However, the driver and crews were able to get the house moving again and successfully completed their journey.

The Collinwood House was moved as a single piece by Texas-based Lemons House Moving.

The house had previously been declared a hazard and was set to be demolished by the city if it could not be relocated.

You can see video of the house relocation below.

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I-55 in Missouri shut down for 25 vehicle pileup

I-55 Pileup

The Missouri Highway Patrol says that twenty-five vehicles were involved in a pileup crash on I-55 in Arnold this afternoon.

There were two separate sets of crashes in the southbound lanes of I-55, according to KPLR11.

One of the chain reaction crashes involved 15 vehicles. The other crash involved 10 vehicles. At least one tractor trailer was involved in the pileup.

I-55 southbound was shut down at Exit 190. According to some reports, one lane of traffic is getting through. Heavy traffic backups have been reported.

So far, only two minor injuries have been reported.

The cause of the pileup is still under investigation.

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Missouri mulls ending CDL revocation for failure to pay child support

Missouri mulls ending CDL revocation for failure to pay child support

Lawmakers in Missouri say that they are considering a plan to address the “truck driver shortage” by ending the practice of revoking a driver’s CDL if he or she fails to pay child support.

According to current Missouri law, a driver who fails to pay child support for three months is subject to losing their CDL or other non-commercial driving license.

But Missouri Governor Mike Parson is looking to make a change to this law in order to address what has been called a nationwide truck driver shortage (though many within the trucking industry point out that it is more accurately described as a driver turnover and pay problem).

“Today, we are tremendously short on drivers. Let’s find another way to serve up that punishment,” Parson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Though it isn’t clear what alternative punishment Parsons would recommend for failure to pay child support, he says that he believes that punishing drivers with CDL revocation is not a smart solution. “For a non-driving offense, that’s not practical,” said Parson.

Parson will reportedly attempt to change the child support legislation during the 2019 session.

In 2017. more than 7000 drivers (both commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers) in Missouri lost their licenses due to failure to pay child support. In 2016, the number was higher — 8,080.

Parsons also expressed interest in a plan to use Missouri Department of Transportation trucks to train inmates for careers in trucking when they re-enter the work force.

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Historic “super load” weighing almost 1 million pounds passes through Washington

Historic super load weighing almost 1 million pounds passes through Washington

The Washington State Patrol says that the heaviest load ever to pass through the state will be on the move tonight.

The windmill transformer is currently on the last leg of a two day journey through the Gorge to a site east of Goldendale.

The load is being moved by heavy rigging specialist Omega Morgan with assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol, and the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Department.

According to a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the super load is 360 feet long, and 21 feet tall. The Washington State Patrol says that it weighs “just under 1 million…944,800!”

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) calls the super load the “largest commercial load to ever be weighed by WSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers.”

The super load began its journey on Monday, September 17, moving only at night in order to minimize traffic disruptions along State Route 14 and US 97. Tonight between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., it is scheduled to complete its 47 mile journey to the Goldendale windfarms Rockcreek Substation.

The Seattle Times reports that the massive load has a total of 48 axles and requires three trucks — one in the front pulling and two in the rear pushing.

You can take a look at road closure details from WSDOT below.

10 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, through 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • Both directions of US 97, between the SR 14/US 97 interchange and Hoctor Road (milepost 9.32) will close intermittently with flaggers directing traffic.

The photos below were sent in by CDLLife reader Jim Pies.

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