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October 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of 26 Iranian truck drivers released by Afghanistan's Taliban militia arrived in Tehran, the official news agency IRNA reported. Most of the men had been arrested by the militia when it seized the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif in August. The Taliban had promised to release Iranian prisoners when U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with the militia's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, on Wednesday in a bid to ease tension between the Sunni Muslim Taliban and mainly Shiite Iran.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1990
Another bashing of truck drivers (Letters, Aug. 12) finally provoked me to write to explain the problems in the transportation industry. First, let me state that a bad truck driver is no friend of mine or anyone else in the industry. 1. Most truck drivers receive no overtime pay, and work for straight hours or per-load pay. 2. A lot of the equipment is unsafe and doesn't get repaired, leaving the driver to either drive unsafe equipment or be told to find another job. 3. Legislators never talk to drivers about legislation to make things safer, I believe, because we don't contribute to PACs like the California Trucking Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1991
A truck driver from Madison, S.D., was crushed to death in the City of Industry as she tried to catch up with her runaway tractor while unhitching a load, authorities said Sunday. Valerie Jean Long, 38, was pronounced dead in the parking lot at 18003 Courtney Court at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Lynn Helbing. Long was apparently disconnecting her trailer when she noticed the tractor was in neutral and had begun rolling forward, Helbing said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2001
A truck driver whose careening big rig caused a fatal 12-vehicle crash was arrested Thursday after a two-month Anaheim police investigation found that he was under the influence of methamphetamine and driving with most of his brakes in poor condition. Anthony Robert Saiz, 47, of Lakewood also was driving on an expired license and carrying a stash of clean urine from a family member, possibly to be used in case of a random drug test, according to the Police Department's 222-page report.
NEWS
July 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A truck driver involved in an Amtrak accident that injured nearly two dozen people ran a stop sign before he was hit, investigators said. The Sunset Limited was headed from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday when it slammed into the truck in Eagle Lake, Texas, about 60 miles west of Houston. Ten of the train's 13 cars were derailed, and 20 of the 235 passengers and an engineer were injured. Most were treated for bumps and bruises.
NEWS
May 31, 1992 | Associated Press
New York Times truck drivers voted to end their three-week labor dispute, ratifying contracts that guarantee jobs in exchange for concessions to the paper and wholesale newspaper distributors. The vote Thursday ended a sometimes violent dispute that had hampered newspaper deliveries. Although the contracts will directly affect about 1,100 drivers, the voting was open to all the union's 2,900 members. The four contracts were approved by percentages ranging from just more than 50% to nearly 70%.
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November 30, 1996 | Associated Press
Striking French truck drivers tore down their roadblocks and signed agreements Friday designed to end a 12-day standoff over wages and working conditions. "It's the beginning of the end. You see, they're rolling," trucker Jean Mausse said as a barricade was lifted in this Normandy city, allowing 400 tractor-trailer rigs stranded a week or more to move.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking back at big rig drivers who cause deadly traffic crashes, the California Highway Patrol plans a crackdown today on truckers who break the law. The CHP said the statewide operation, set to begin at dawn, will send a beefed-up force of up to 1,500 officers to target violators whose driving threatens the lives and safety of others. "They've got to slow these things down. They've got to drive more responsibly," CHP Commissioner D.O. "Spike" Helmick said of menacing big rig operators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1993 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles police officer who shot an unarmed tow truck driver to death last year was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder after a judge refused to drop the charge or reduce it to voluntary manslaughter. Municipal Judge David M. Horwitz issued the ruling after a three-day hearing in which prosecutors argued that Officer Douglas Iversen killed John Daniels at a gas station only because Daniels had affronted him.
NEWS
June 17, 1991 | Associated Press
A pickup truck, traveling at 70 m.p.h., was used to rescue a stunt flier as he dangled from a biplane over an air show at Hillsboro Airport. About 40,000 people were watching as the wing walker, Lee Oman, slipped and dangled from a safety line about 1,500 feet above the ground Saturday during the Rose Festival Air Show. Many spectators--including Lt. Mike Allegre of the Oregon Air National Guard--thought the fall was part of Oman's aerial act.
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