When an 18-wheel truck and a family van collided on a Texas highway, ten people were killed in the crash. Reporters from The Dallas Morning News began investigating the incident and found that more than 5,000 Americans die each year in accidents involving commercial trucks. After a 14-month investigation, the reporters found the deregulation of interstate shipping in the 1980s had lead to a number of concerns: a proliferation of companies moving in and out of the industry, the use of felons and drivers whose backgrounds were not thoroughly checked, and a shortage of inspectors to enforce standards and take unsafe carriers of the road.
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