Kentucky coal truck drivers go on strike

| 9/7/2005

Upset over the rising cost of fuel, about 50 coal truck drivers parked their rigs along Highway 80 in Hazard, KY, on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

According to news reports, the drivers claim they simply aren’t making enough to cover the skyrocketing cost of fuel.

One of the drivers, Tim Reid, an OOIDA member from Beaver Dam, KY, told local television station WKYT that he pays as much as $500 a day on fuel alone.

“Where we haul from, dumping and going back to get a load is right at $52 a load in fuel,” he said. “Plus our drivers pay anywhere from $35-$40, and that’s right at $90 a load.”

Meanwhile, trucks at Forrester Joseph Trucking Co., a coal hauler in the area, were vandalized on Sept. 7. Seven trucks were vandalized, two were shot at, and the oil from three others was completely drained.

Police have not yet determined if there is a link between the vandalism and the strike.