Thursday, June 14, 2007

West Virginia Motor Truck Association's Truck Driving Championship

CHARLESTON -- Several area truck drivers were winners in the West Virginia Motor Truck Association's annual Truck Driving Championship and Safety Awards Banquet held in May at the Charleston Civic Center.

Randy Barnette, a driver with ABF Freight and a Charleston resident, earned the 2007 Driver of the Year Award. Barnette has driven for 27 years and logged in over 50,000 hours behind the wheel with no chargeable accidents.

Kenneth Flowers, who drives for Rite-Aid and a Scott Depot resident, was honored with the 2006 State Police Safety Award. Flowers has driven for 50 years and over five million miles accident free.

The Fleet Safety Award was presented to FedEx Freight for the best overall safety performance during 2006. FedEx Freight logged over 7,739,863 miles during 2006 without accident.

Other winners include:

Don Maddy of Con-way Freight Central, Grand Champion; Con-way Inc., Team Champions; Tim Bailey of Con-way Freight, Rookie of the Year; Karen Tierney of FedEx Express, First Place Straight Truck; Don Maddy of Con-way Freight Central, First Place 3-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer; Nick Backes, Fraziers Bottom, of Con-way Freight, First Place 4-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer; David Warner, Scott Depot, of UPS Freight, First Place 5-Axle Tractor Semi-trailer; Gerald Pugh, FedEx Freight, Tank Truck; Bill Hannan, South Charleston, of Rite Aid, Flatbed; Clarence Jenkins, Poca, of UPS Freight, Twin Trailers; and Chad Turner, Bridgeport, of FedEx Freight, Sleeper Berth.

Fifty-three professional truck drivers, representing 15 West Virginia-based motor freight companies, competed. All first place drivers will compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championship, also known as the Super Bowl of Safety, on Aug. 21-25, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Penn truck driver cited for safety record

LEBANON, Pa. — New Penn truck driver William Andre of Evesham has achieved the status of driving 1 million miles without a preventable accident.

Andre, 48, has been with New Penn for 14 years and he works at the Cinnaminson facility.

He will be recognized for his achievement with a plaque honoring his dedication to safety.

New Penn is a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide, which is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.