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Cross Lanes truck driver repeats as safety grand champion

Safety first has led to a grand championship for a second consecutive year for Jeremy Thomas of Cross Lanes, a driver for FedEx Freight.

Thomas, 36, was named the grand champion (again) at the West Virginia Trucking Association’s 63rd annual Truck Driving Championship which took place June 8 in Nitro.

A professional truck driver for 14 years, Thomas captured his encore grand championship title after competing in several skill and safety tests at the event. This was his third competition; he was named Rookie of the Year at the 2017 competition.

His father, Randy Thomas, is also a professional truck driver with FedEx Freight and a WVTA competition driver. The father and son both advanced to the national tournament in August 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Randy Thomas placed first in last year’s WVTA 4-Axle category to qualify.

“The purpose of the Truck Driving Championship is to give trucking professionals the opportunity to test their driving and safety skills against their West Virginia peers,” WVTA President Traci Nelson said in a media release. “The competition mirrors what professional truck drivers must do day in and day out to main safety records unmatched by any other segment of the driving public.”

This year’s driving competition featured 34 truck drivers from West Virginia-based motor freight companies.

Thomas was also awarded the Pre-Trip Inspection Award. He and other winning drivers will compete in mid-August at the Super Bowl of Safety national truck driving championship, a tournament to be held in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the American Trucking Association.

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