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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

June 9th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Do truck driver rest rules make roads safe?

(CNN) – The crash that put actor and comedian Tracy Morgan in the hospital Saturday highlights an ongoing debate on Capitol Hill over truck driver rest rules, which CNN's René Marsh reported about just eight hours before the crash involving Morgan.

On Thursday, a Senate committee voted to ease a part of a rule currently on the books. The Department of Transportation says the move will allow truckers to drive longer hours.

As it stands, once a driver hits 70 hours for the week, they are required to take at least 34 hours off, which must include two mornings between 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. The trucking industry calls the existing rules an overreach.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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