October 21, 2014: Road-salt transport lacking; carrier sues motorist for crash; trucking firm turns freight broker to survive.

October 21, 2014: Road-salt transport lacking; carrier sues motorist for crash; trucking firm turns freight broker to survive.

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation this morning:

Transporting much-need roadway de-icing salt to many U.S. cities ahead of winter is proving difficult due to a lack of trucks, notes the St. Cloud Times.

KPRC Houston reports on a state trooper injured while conducting a roadside inspection.

A trucking firm is suing a motorist who rear-ended one of its trucks, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

NJBIZ reports on how a New Jersey trucking company got rid of its trucks to become a freight broker in order to survive.

A new railroad “port” in Iowa could reshape the freight market, according to the Des Moines Register.

FuelFix magazine reports that Tesoro Logistics is making a $2.5 billion acquisition in Colorado to expand into the U.S. natural gas market.

The Harbor Trucking Association is contemplating legal action against several West Coast port terminal operators, reports the Journal of Commerce.

Motor Trend magazine unveils the competitors for its 2015 sport utility vehicle of the year award.

Oil prices are low, but with China’s economy beginning to ramp up spend, they may not stay down for long, according to Reuters.

The New York Times reports on how hackers are tapping into company phone lines and stealing billions.

Accusations abound that Russian air traffic controllers and an airport snowplow driver were drunk, causing a jet carrying oil conglomerate Total’s French CEO Christophe de Margerie to crash and kill all onboard, according to French news channel Expatica.

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