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February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Trucks and sport-utilities are the most likely vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, according to, an auto shopping information company. culled mileage data for about 30 million used cars for sale in 2013 and looked to see which models were the most likely to have more than 200,000 miles of use. The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was the most durable by that measure -- 4.2% of the trucks for sale last year had more than 200,000...
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Long Beach motorcycle officer was struck by a semi-truck Tuesday morning and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries, police said. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the officer suffered fairly serious injuries in the collision on Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, he added. McDonnell and other senior officials were headed to the hospital to check on the officer, who was in stable condition.  Crash scene investigators asked the public to avoid Santa Fe Avenue between Anaheim and 17th streets.
February 24, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Nissan is voluntarily recalling more than 13,000 of its midsize Frontier truck for a potential fire risk, according to a federal safety agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 13,535 trucks from the 2012 through 2014 model years are affected by the recall. The trucks could have a circuit breaker improperly installed, causing a bolt to wear through wiring and cause an electrical short. This short could lead to a fire, NHTSA said. The issue came to light after the driver of a truck in Mexico noticed smoke in the cabin, which was traced back to the circuit breaker in question.
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man in Vista was arrested Thursday night after leaving his truck on the railroad tracks, where it was hit by a train and sustained "major damage," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. None of the 37 passengers on the train was hurt, the Sheriff's Department said. The incident began when the man's truck became stuck on the tracks. The man allegedly left the truck and tried to flag down the train to stop but was unsuccessful, authorities said.
February 21, 2014
Re "Produce trucks feed a need," Column One, Feb. 19 Produce trucks traversing neighborhoods, providing fresh produce and other items: great idea. But readers should know that bringing food to neighborhoods was once common in Los Angeles. I lived in the Los Feliz district, and these trucks went all over the city. Before supermarkets and big-box stores, trucks had regular neighborhood routes and brought a variety of food. There must be some folks who recall deliveries of dairy items from Adohr Farms and bread and sweets from Helms Bakery.
February 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Representatives of a labor-friendly campaign to improve the wages and working conditions of port truckers asserted Wednesday that the vast majority of drivers are victims of widespread workplace violations by trucking companies. Instead of being treated as employees, thousands of drivers in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and other harbors across the nation have been illegally classified as independent contractors, advocates said during a media conference call. That designation has lowered wages, prevented drivers from unionizing and denied them the protections of state and federal labor laws, they added.
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A natural gas leak in Playa del Rey on Monday was caused by a contractor's truck that drove over a well's protective cover, damaging a small valve, a spokeswoman for Southern California Gas Co. said. The incident occurred around 1 a.m., with the release of pressure causing a “loud screeching noise,” said Angela Fentiman, a spokeswoman for the utility. The truck was discovered with its engine running on top of the valve, she added, but the driver was not located. It was not immediately clear if the truck had driven onto the gas storage facility in the 8100 block of Gulana Avenue, or if it had been inside the campus prior to striking the valve.
February 15, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
America loves trucks. California? The Prius hybrid. Toyota's Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California's radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford's F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. The Prius ranked 16th in sales nationally. For drivers in such places as Texas, Montana and much of the Midwest, trucks are practical - but also a lifestyle statement.
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's the headline or TV news item that public officials dread: City workers sleeping on the job! Garbage truck drivers dining on the public dime! Public workers wasting your taxpayer dollars! Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation managers were so worried about bad publicity that they enacted rules nine years ago prohibiting garbage truck drivers from napping in their rigs during their 30-minute breaks. The rules also barred drivers from meeting more than one colleague for lunch, lest the sight of several trash trucks parked outside a diner raise eyebrows.
February 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A three-car crash, two of which became pinned underneath a large dirt-hauler, jammed the morning commute on the northbound 110 Freeway into downtown L.A. on Thursday. The collision occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. just west of Pico Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol's  incident log . One of the vehicles was overturned, KTLA-TV reported , and two cars appeared to be stuck underneath the dirt hauler as more than a dozen firefighters worked to clear the scene.
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