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Truckers navigate fiery incident and prompt I-40 reopening

A semi truck transporting low-grade radioactive waste burst into flames on Interstate 40 in Nashville, Tennessee, leading to a temporary closure of the highway on Monday afternoon, February 5th.

What happened: The incident, which occurred near mile marker 204 at around 2:20 p.m., caused significant traffic disruptions, with the Nashville Fire Department working to extinguish the blaze and setting up perimeters to ensure public safety.

By the numbers: Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the interstate were shut down as emergency teams responded, but by 5 p.m. traffic was flowing again as all lanes reopened.

No danger: Despite the potentially hazardous nature of the cargo, the fire department confirmed that "no readings were found indicating any levels of any hazards present," and the radioactive material remained contained in its packaging.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency also arrived on scene to establish a command post and further investigate the situation.

FMCSA studies detention time's impact on trucker safety and efficiency

FMCSA initiates a study to understand the impact of shipping delays on truck driver safety and commercial vehicle operations, focusing on detention time and its effects on compliance, safety, and economic costs.
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Falls Township considers 'trucker village' amid traffic surge from trade center

Falls Township in Pennsylvania evaluates the creation of a 'trucker village' to support the increased truck traffic from the Keystone Trade Center, offering services like parking and repairs while addressing local infrastructure concerns.
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Senator Cruz's bill aims to protect trade at US ports of entry

Senator Ted Cruz's proposed bill aims to protect U.S. ports of entry from closures that disrupt truckers' ability to maintain crucial trade flows, backed by industry support amid economic and border security debates.
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