Stories about Izer

High-profile crash in New Jersey renews call to maintain trucker rest regulations

A high-profile fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has Maine's U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and some of the state's top advocates for trucking safety squaring off in the national spotlight. The crash on June 7 killed comic James McNair, who goes by the stage name Jimmy Mack. Seriously inj...

Trucker awake for more than 24 hours before crash that killed one, injured one

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A truck driver accused of triggering a highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as Morgan recovered in a hospital. Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper is e...

Izer of Lisbon to receive national honors

Daphne Izer, founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers, will be recognized by the White House as a 2014 Transportation Champion of Change, according to a Truck Safety Coalition news release Monday. Izer of Lisbon lost her teenage son, Jeff, in 1993 when a sleeping truck driver rolled his t...

20 years after tragic Maine crash, parents still honoring son

LISBON — News that changes your life comes in an instant and sometimes it breaks your heart. Daphne and Steve Izer remember well the night the police came to their door 20 years ago. It was just before 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, 1993, a Sunday. He wa... 4

Truckers say safety a priority

HERMON — Truckers passing through Maine say they keep safety at the front of their minds all the time because their livelihood is at stake. “That’s No. 1. If you're not safe, you’re not going to get to where you’re going,” said Duane Laybolt, a truck dri...

Put safety first, foremost

The one-year experiment of allowing 100,000-pound trucks on the Interstate should be terminated. The pilot program currently allows Maine and Vermont trucks to circumvent the federal weight limit of 80,000 pounds and run as heavy as 100,000 pounds on the interstates. Maine's interstate bri... 1

Steve Izer retires from trucking review board

AUGUSTA — Tuesday morning will be the last meeting Steve Izer attends as a founding member of a trucking safety review board he and his wife helped bring about after the 1993 crash that killed their 17-year-old son."I think it's in good hands. All the people from trucking, there hasn't b...

Exceeds federal law

"A third of the bridges in states between Maine and West Virginia need help," as stated in the Dec. 27 Sun Journal editorial, is right on target. As a matter of fact, 36 percent of Maine's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (American Society of Civil Engineers...

Preventable tragedies

A February plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., was tragic and preventable. Fatigue affecting the flight crew may have contributed. The National Transportation Safety Board held hearings just months after the investigation, and rightly so. The media coverage was widespread, and rig...

Preventable tragedies

A February plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., was tragic and preventable. Fatigue affecting the flight crew may have contributed. The National Transportation Safety Board held hearings just months after the investigation, and rightly so. The media coverage was widespread, and rightly so.