SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA urges vigilance in daily trucking operations

| 11/14/2003

“Recent attacks worldwide, especially the truck bomb explosion in Iraq this week, serve to underscore the need to be vigilant as we go about our trucking jobs,” says OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

A truck bomb exploded Wednesday at the headquarters of the Italian Carabinieri police in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, killing at least 26 persons and possibly trapping others under the debris, Carabinieri officials said in Rome, as reported by The Associated Press.

A coalition spokesman, Andrea Angeli, said the explosion occurred after a truck rammed the gate of the Italian compound and exploded in front of the Carabinieri building, which was the former chamber of commerce building.

In the United States, the Homeland Security Advisory System level remains yellow. All those involved in the transportation industry, however, are carefully scrutinizing their daily operations. U.S. government transportation authorities say that, as evidenced in Iraq, terrorists may use garbage trucks, ambulances or emergency vehicles, but there is no standard type of vehicle associated with these "vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices."

OOIDA reminds U.S. truckers to continue to be alert and to immediately report to local law enforcement or the FBI any situation that appears to constitute a threat or suspicious activity.