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Independent Truckers Trying to Stay in Business

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UNION GAP, Wash - Independent truck drivers are sharing their frustrations about record high diesel prices.  The average price of diesel in Washington is $4.15.

"It's just about put us out of business," says Craig Todd, an independent truck driver who was parked at the Gear Jammer in Union Gap Friday.

Imagine reading this number at the gas station.  You pump 169 gallons.  Your grand total is $743.  Those were the amounts read on one of the pumps at the truck stop.

"A small company is hurting worse because they can't buy the fuel at a volume discount price," says Sunny Douglas, another truck driver.

"People expect us to haul the freight for the same rate as we were getting 10 years ago and fuel prices are four times as much now," explains Todd.

Todd has driven his own rig for 21 years.  He says two years ago he was making three times the money he is making now.

"You try to take care of a family, you try to take care of your truck and you're fighting a losing battle," he says.

To stay in business, Todd is very particular about the loads he accepts, he make sure he is always traveling the shortest possible route and never lets his truck idle for a long time.

"I don't know how much longer, I can hold on," Todd asks.

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