Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mega-load Hauler Ticketed for Inattentive Driving

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

A mega-load driver has been charged with inattentive driving in the wake of a Dec. 6 wreck on U.S. 95 near Moscow.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Idaho State Police ticketed Vladimir Purgar of Calgary, Alberta, following the accident. The Idaho Transportation Department, meanwhile, has halted any further mega-load shipments until an internal report is completed by the hauling company, Mammoet.

ExxonMobil, which contracted with Mammoet to move the giant shipments, opted to break down its mega-loads into smaller loads and move them along U.S. 95, rather than wait for a legal resolution to use its first option, U.S. 12. The year-and-a-half battle concerning mega-loads rolling on U.S. 12 ran into a final roadblock when Montana state officials said they needed more time to consider the route.

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