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A Collapsed Bridge Caused This Semi-Truck to Plunge Into a River

If it’s not already clear enough, there’s never a dull day in the trucking world. In the past couple of months, we’ve had a $100 million jewel heist at a truck stop, a driver smuggling wild animals, and a mysterious man throwing a bicycle under a semi-truck on the highway, to name a few. You guessed it — there’s another bizarre story in the news this week.

This time around, it involves a bridge collapse in Tretton that sent two people into a river in the early morning of August 15th.

Thankfully, everyone was okay. One of the victims of this bridge collapse was able to escape their car and swim to safety, while the truck driver required helicopter assistance. Both were safe.

What exactly transpired that led to this collapsed bridge?

Short answer — nobody knows.

In fact, this wasn’t even the first bridge to collapse in this area. According to the New York Post, another nearby bridge collapsed in 2016, injuring one truck driver. Both bridges were made of glued laminated timber (wood) and neither bridge was particularly old. After this, 11 bridges were closed and checked for safety before being re-opened. This included the bridge we’re speaking about in this article.

Still, the Tretton bridge collapsed, sending a regular vehicle into the water and leaving a semi-truck “nearly vertical” in the river. The bridge, which was built in 2012, was also checked in 2021, leaving many to wonder if these checks are effective at all. At some point, it becomes a big problem.

For now, that’s all the information we have.

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Why Did This Guy Throw a Bike Under a Semi-truck on the Freeway?

People get into the trucking industry for a few reasons. Some drivers are introverted people and enjoy their alone time while some simply like the money associated with it. A large handful, however, are in it for the adventure. Over-the-road drivers are able to take long trips and see all parts of the country.

Sometimes, that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

A few days ago, a clip was uploaded to the r/Truckers subreddit that showed one of the more bizarre moments caught on camera by a driver.

A pedestrian threw a bicycle into a semi-truck, resulting in… well, nothing.

We’ve heard of people throwing eggs, rocks, and pretty much anything that can travel through the air at vehicles. Even if you’re not a CDL driver, you’ve probably seen your fair share of strange things while driving at night. But this one is probably weirder than anything you’ve seen before.

The video, which will be linked below, shows a driver with a dashcam struggling to stay awake on a night drive. The beginning of the video almost makes you think that the driver is going to cause something to go awry, but he manages to pull himself together.

Suddenly, the driver squints and looks ahead in the distance — clearly, something has his attention.

Suddenly, a pedestrian comes into view with a bike by his side. He gives it a quick push, sending it directly into the path of the driver’s 18-wheeler. The truck runs over the bike and continues to drive. Nothing more transpires.

You can either download the video here or watch it on Reddit here.

What was the pedestrian trying to do?

Some believe that the pedestrian was trying to cause the truck to crash, allowing him to move in and steal the driver’s belongings or the truck’s cargo. It could have simply been a sadistic person who wanted to cause a crash for no reason.

Either way, it failed. Miserably.

If you’re a driver, this is a good reminder to keep your eyes peeled — especially if you’re driving at night. You can’t expect something like this to happen but it’s good to always be alert and aware of your surroundings.

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This Truck Driver Was Snatching up Wild Animals

If you’re a CDL/Truck Driver, you probably keep up with industry news. And if you keep up with industry news, you’re familiar with how wild things can get. In July, we got a perfect example of this phenomenon.

Last month, Ariam Rodriguez Diaz, a truck driver, was charged with 20 counts of illegal wildlife possession. The 30-year-old Naples, Florida native had been transporting animals to his home from places like Ohio and Canada.

The police would eventually discover his farm of animals and report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC). According to the FWC, the man had two white-tailed deer, 15 migratory birds, two illegal bird traps, and eight Canada geese in his enclosure.

Why did this truck driver take these animals and did he know it was illegal?

Because of how open he was about his crimes, some are theorizing that Diaz was unaware that this was illegal activity. He also asked officers if it was illegal to keep the deer.

According to Naples Daily News, Diaz told officers that he had found the deer at a rest stop and lured them into his truck. They would reside in the cabin of the vehicle, where his bed was located, during their transport down to Florida.

I’m no expert but I’m guessing that doesn’t fall under the guidelines of his company’s pet policy.

On a serious note, Diaz was eventually arrested for his crimes and released on a $21,000 bond a couple of days after his arrest. He will appear in court on August 17th.

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This Real-life $100 Million Jewel Heist Involved a Flying J Truck Stop

Sometimes, the trucking industry can be glorified. Films, media, and news outlets have the ability to add some extra flair to the industry when in reality, it’s a pretty simple job — most of it entails driving a vehicle at a capped speed of 70 MPH. In fact, a lot of drivers enjoy the peace and quiet associated with driving a truck for their entire day.

But sometimes, trucking gets exciting. In early July, one of the more bizarre stories of the year came out.

Jewel thieves came away with around $100 million worth of rare jewels

In a story that sounds more like a movie with every new detail, some jewel thieves in Los Angeles have officially made it away scot-free with an estimated $100 million worth of rare jewels in a Brink truck, according to

The story begins at a Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo, California. After the show, the valuables were loaded into a Brink truck and were ready to be transported to the Pasadena Convention Center roughly six hours away. Unfortunately, the jewels would never make it there.

While parked at a Flying J Truck Stop, a Brink armored truck was completely clean-housed of an estimated $100 million worth of valuables in under a half hour. How? Investigators don’t really know right now. Two things, however, seem obvious: this is the work of a team and this was well-planned. Though there is no confirmed value behind the stolen items, Brink claims it’s under $10 million, which seems unlikely. Here’s what the company said.

“Last week, a loss incident involving a Brink’s vehicle occurred near Los Angeles. According to the information the customers provided to us before they shipped their items, the total value of the missing items is less than $10 million. We are working with law enforcement and we will fully reimburse our customers for the value of their assets that were stolen, in accordance with the terms of our contract.”


Others claim the goods were worth around $100 million, including International Gem and Jewelry Show President Arnold Duke. Here’s what he said.

We are looking at more than $100 million in documented losses,’ Duke said. ‘This was an absolutely huge crime. One of the largest jewelry heists ever. We are talking gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and loads of luxury watches.

Arnold Duke

Regardless of the exact value, this is a huge loss for 18 individuals who were victimized by this crime. It’s one of the largest heists in world history and it doesn’t look like the FBI has any useful leads.

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Why trucking is becoming more difficult in China right now

Generally speaking, the trucking industry is extremely stable. No matter what happens, there will always be a need for logistics — consumers will always need products to get from point A to point B. For a long time, there weren’t many holes in the trucking industry. It was virtually bulletproof.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 came around and proved that the trucking industry was not untouchable. Things slowed down everywhere and small companies began to close as a driver shortage simultaneously continued to hurt companies.

And even though the pandemic is not as prevalent in 2022, it’s still having a huge impact on the trucking industry.

Here’s why trucking routes are taking much longer in China right now

In China, certain regions require drivers to receive a negative COVID-19 test before entering. This, in some cases, can take multiple days — usually at least 24 hours. For obvious reasons, this causes huge delays in the trucking industry.

This testing is specific to Drayage trucking which, according to CNBC, is “the critical piece of logistics where drivers transport raw materials, finished, or semi-finished goods.” The delays that these drivers are experiencing are having a ripple effect in China.

Here’s what Akhil Nair, SVP of SEKO Logistics in Pacific Asia, said about the current delays, according to CNBC.

“What happens is, if a particular district or area goes into a lockdown, the driver has to get a nucleic acid test or a PCR test. And that usually takes between 24 and 72 hours. So normally a truck route that will take a day or two can take as long as up to a week in some cases if you have the misfortune of getting stopped multiple times. That leads to complexity and basically a large amount of uncertainty within the trucking aspects.”

This test does not discriminate, either. Whether you’re showing symptoms or not, you have to take it. Whether you’re positive or negative, you have to wait for the PCR results to return.

Truckers in North America will hope that the same fate does not approach them anytime in the future.

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How One Company Is Trying to Change Trucking for Women

Historically speaking, women have been underrepresented in trucking. While the lack of representation for women is slowly fading in most industries, the trucking industry continues to struggle to bring women aboard.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 7.9% of truck drivers are women — and most of those CDL-driving-women have some issues with the industry.

Because of this, companies are trying to find a way to put more women behind the wheel of a truck. One organization, in particular, that is trying to accomplish this is ATA (American Trucking Associations).

The ATA is launching a program to encourage women to join the trucking industry

The program is called Women in Motion and, according to, is “working with coalition partners, policymakers, and business leaders, Women in Motion will work to provide a more secure work environment for women in the industry, including advocating for issues like safer truck parking, as well as greater diversity in trucking. The program will also provide support and development opportunities for women in the industry, as well as promoting trucking as a career path to women across the country.”

In reality, it’s unclear what exactly they’ll be doing. Heck, they probably don’t even know exactly what they’ll be doing. That said, every journey starts with a single step and this is a good place to hit the ground running.

Here’s what ATA President Chris Spear said about the development of the program.

The trucking industry relies on women – whether in the boardroom, as a technician, or behind the wheel – and we believe that by highlighting the many contributions the women already in trucking make, we can demonstrate what a rewarding and lucrative career path it can be for millions of others

Chris Spear

Hopefully, this sends the industry in the right direction.