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Energy Crisis / Truckers Protest #468519

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 05, 1973
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(Studio) Truck drivers blockade interstates in Mid. West and E. to protest higher fuel costs and lower speed limits. Pennsylvania and New Jersey govs. discuss using National Guard to combat blockades.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Ohio Turnpike) Ohio turnpike shown; traffic backed up nearly 30 mile by trucks.
REPORTER: Jack Paxton

(I-80, Pennsylvania) Delaware Memorial Bridge site of largest truckers' blockade in E. State police attempt to persuade drivers to move on. Eventually drivers move voluntarily without causing any violence. George and Dorothy Girth typical of drivers participating in protest. [DOROTHY - claims higher operating costs eat into profit.] [GEO. - insists truck driving tough occupation.] Girths and other truckers feel oil industry, government and energy crisis threaten their lives.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Teamsters' Union to try and persuade Congress to set 60 m.p.h. speed limit for trucks. Department of Transportation says higher truck speeds use more fuel.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Paxton, Jack

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