Truck driver’s lack of English leads to truck-train crash
Police in Kings Mountain, NC, say a driver’s lack of understanding of the English language appears to have led to a violent wreck between a train and a tractor-trailer. Truck driver Ricardo Ercia was crossing several train lines in town at South Battleground Avenue and Oak Street when he didn’t obey a traffic sign calling for drivers to go through a second rail line crossing. Fortunatley, there were no serious injuries. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that truck drivers be able to read and understand the English language.
Use of foreign truck drivers and allowing Mexican trucking companies to operate nationwide in the US has been an increasingly controversial topic in the trucking industry. For the last few years it has become increasingly evident that if the trucking industry could outsource driving jobs to third world countries to save money, it would do so.
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