Another Trucker Comes Under Gunfire Attack While on Interstate
Sully, IA – Another trucker was recently attacked with gunfire while reportedly operating through Kansas City.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has been investigating yet another recent incident in which a big rig was shot up by a motorist.
A social media report about the shooting first surfaced late last month.
Photos posted by Leland Miller to his Facebook page on June 30 reveal four .45 caliber bullet holes in a semi-truck.
Miller indicated the driver of the truck is his friend and the incident occurred on the morning of June 30 along “I-35/I-70 at the Carbon Road exit” in Kansas City.
Still, many questions remained unanswered.
TNN has since been able to confirm the incident did occur.
Further, TNN has confirmed the big rig was in service for Iowa-based tanker hauler Sully Transport.
We have reached out to multiple representatives of Sully Transport to learn more about the shooting, but so far, no one has been willing to speak on the record about it other than to confirm the trucker was “thankfully” uninjured.
However, TNN can also confirm the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has looked into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
According to recent Agency communication obtained by TNN, the incident was deemed by FMCSA to be a “random” and “isolated” shooting.
Additionally, TNN has learned that neither the driver nor the in cab camera detected the license plate information of the passenger vehicle involved.
While similar incidents targeting truckers occur with regularity on U.S. roadways, the number of reported attacks has increased since social unrest began in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
We have seen truckers and big rigs targeted in cities such as Albany, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; and St. Louis, MO, just to name a few.
In fact, the concerns have grown so intense among many in the trucking community, TNN first reported last week the FMCSA was considering unprecedented action to possibly suspend hours of service (HOS) regulations for all truckers until the widespread tensions subside.
Ultimately, the Agency chose not to suspend HOS.
Click HERE to see what the Agency chose to do instead.
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Photos courtesy Leland Miller