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Missouri Eases Permits for Relief Trucks

United Press International

May 25, 2011

Missouri officials said they were waiving fees and expediting highway permits to make it easier for trucks to haul relief supplies into tornado-stricken Joplin.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said permits were required for out-of-state trucks and vehicles hauling wide loads; however, the permits would be issued without charge and would be given high priority for approval.

The agency said in a written statement staff members would be on duty around the clock to handle the permit requests through May 30. The department may be reached at 800-877-8499 or 573-291-4853 after normal business hours.

A key trucking terminal in Joplin was one of the many buildings damaged by Sunday’s massive twister. Conway Trucking said Monday its facility barely avoided a direct hit, but suffered numerous broken windows and had about 30 empty truck trailers damaged.

The company said in a written statement its operations office was running on an emergency generator and was in communication with its drivers and customers.

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