When it comes to economic growth, not many people think of trucking as an indicator, but recent statistics show a correlation between big wheelers and recovery. Surprisingly, only three sectors of the American economy contribute more to GDP than transportation: housing, food, and health care. More trucks on the highway mean more goods sold and shipped, more work for factories, more raw material shipped in, and, if the growth is sustained, more jobs.
CRST founder Herald “Smitty” Smith, Jr. passed away on July 27th at his home in Door County, Wis., at the age of 91.
Smith founded CRST in 1955 when he was 31 years old in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as Cedar Rapids Steel Transportation. The company initially hauled iron and steel articles from Chicago to Cedar Rapids and points within a 50‐mile radius. In 1974, the company changed its name to CRST Inc. to reflect its expansion into dry freight and refrigerated commodities.
HAMMOND, Ind. (WBBM) – Five people died in a crash on I-65 in Tippecanoe County. Police said the truck driver who created the pile-up was driving too fast. CBS News in Chicago has learned the Hammond, Indiana trucking company where he worked has been under federal scrutiny.
The crash happened just before midnight on Thursday night. Five people, including a mother and her two children, died as a result of the impact and fiery aftermath.
The Senate’s DRIVE Act, a six-year highway funding act that would remove carriers’ CSA scores from public view, nearly hit a fate-sealing wall Friday, but a special Sunday session appears to have the legislation back on track. And lawmakers in Congress’ upper chamber could vote on the legislative package as early as today.