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Trucking Industry Facing Driver Shortage

Trucking Industry Facing Driver Shortage

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - Truck drivers are oft-considered the backbone of America, but that backbone is beginning to get a little thinner as Baby Boomers leave the industry.

"Less truckers on the roadways means a poorer economy," said Larry Marsh, the president for Omaha's JTL Truck Driver Training.

A new report released by The American Trucking Association indicates newer drivers just aren't coming in like they used to anymore.  Even more startling, experts predict a driver shortage topping a quarter of a million within a decade.

"If the trucks quit moving the grocery stores won't be open or empty in about three days," said Marsh.

"It is very alarming," added Gary Christensen, a soon-to-be certified JTL truck driver.

Christensen believes fewer truckers would be devastating not only to consumers nationwide, but also to drivers.

"So many of us are now relying on the ethanol fuel because it's always four or five cents cheaper than the regular."

As Baby Boomers retire, however, there is at least a glimmer of hope for the future.  Trucking experts tell Fox 42 News military veterans are beginning to step up and help fill the void.

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