Driver killed in garbage truck crash along I-94
The 2002 Kenworth that police said Apsley was driving can hold 3,200 gallons of water, according to the Readington Fire Company website. Apsley was alone at the time of the accident and no other vehicles were involved, police said earlier. Township police said today that the investigation continues. However, they said, Apsley was charged with drunken driving “because it was an accident and an odor of an alcoholic beverage was present.” Apsley was trapped in the crashed fire truck. He was extricated then taken by medical helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Police said today that Apsley had suffered a concussion in the accident, therefore officers “were not able to do any tests because of the injury,” including breath-alcohol tests. Apsley was charged later, police said, because the fireman was medivacked. The results of toxicology tests are pending, police said. Apsley’s accident was the second time in less than a month that a volunteer with one of the township’s four companies crashed a fire truck while responding to a call . An accident on Feb. 5 involved a Three Bridges Fire Company truck and volunteer.
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NHTSA: fatal truck accidents happening more frequently
The release states that a 1997 Oldsmobile Achiva driven by Sondra Greene, 52, of Macon, pulled out of Chambers Pointe Apartments in front of a log truck traveling east on Chambers Road. The truck driver, Kenneth Berkley, 53, of Forsyth, tried to avoid the car but lost control and struck it and a 2008 Chevy Malibu driven by Ashante Gordon, 22, of Macon. The log truck overturned and some of the logs struck a 1985 Nissan pickup driven by Victor Morales, 39, of Macon. All of the drivers are listed in stable condition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Tusheika Taylor, 30, and her 7-year-old daughter, were passengers in Gordons vehicle and were also hospitalized. Taylor is in stable condition and her daughter, who suffered a head injury, was listed in critical but stable condition. Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact the Bibb Sheriffs Office at 478-751-7500. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print Order a reprint of this story Join The Conversation The Telegraph is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what’s in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
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Six hospitalized, girl critical, in log truck accident
The agency recently announced that fatal truck accidents have increased by 3.7 percent nationwide during 2012 (the most recent year with data available). Although this percentage alone does not seem like much, it marks the third consecutive year of increases. If you have ever witnessed a truck accident, you know that it can cause catastrophic damage, particularly when the other vehicle involved is a car or SUV. Aside from property damage, those involved are at a much greater likelihood of suffering from severe injuries such as spinal cord injuries, head or neck injuries or broken bones. Due to the superior size and weight of the truck, there is also a much greater chance of someone being killed than there would be in a typical car accident. Although truck accidents happen for many reasons, in many cases accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver or trucking company. Common examples of negligence are drug or alcohol use by the driver, driver fatigue, poor maintenance of the truck, speeding, or distracted driving (e.g. texting or cellphone use while driving). Remedies in North Carolina If a loved one has been killed in a truck accident where negligence was the cause, the family may suffer sudden financial losses as well as emotional pain. Fortunately, North Carolina law allows certain close family members to recover their losses from the responsible driver by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In North Carolina, this type of lawsuit may be filed when a person’s death is caused by the neglect, wrongful act or carelessness of another person, whom the decedent could have sued for damages, had he or she survived the accident.
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B.C.s chief coroner will hold an inquest into the death of a West Vancouver motorcyclist killed in a logging truck accident last fall. On Oct. 18, Hugh Roberts, 65, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 99 near the intersection of Nordic Way in Whistler when an oncoming logging truck lost control on a bend in the road and overturned. The trucks load of logs spilled onto the roadway and struck Roberts. The coroner inquests jury will listen to testimony given under oath, similar to a trial, about the facts surrounding Roberts death and make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths under similar circumstances. I hope that through our loss and the resulting inquest, necessary safety improvements will be made in the trucking industry, said Roberts widow Mary in an email to the North Shore News. The police investigation into whether there should be any criminal or Motor Vehicle Act charges is still ongoing, according to a Whistler RCMP spokesman. Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said she is very pleased to hear the coroner has called an inquest. The concern that we had was someone lost their life by a logging truck losing its load in the middle of the municipality of Whistler, on a very busy Saturday afternoon, she said. Wilhelm-Morden said she does not have any hopes for specific recommendations from the inquest, as long as they result in greater public safety.
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Propane truck crash shuts down Blue Creek Road
Montana Motor Carrier Services, a division of the Montana Department of Transportation, will be doing a mechanical evaluation of the truck, the trooper said. The truck was filled to about half its 3,000-gallon capacity of liquid propane when it crashed, Baukema said. Leaking propanedissipated once it reached the air, he said. Emergency crews were able to shut off the leak. Duane Winslow, Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator, said the dissipating gas should not cause any environmental impacts. TheBlue Creek Fire Department, along with the Billings Fire Department and itshazardous materials crew, responded to the scene to help with cleanup. The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office also responded. Sheriff Mike Linder said nearby residents were notified of the accident butno evacuations were ordered. Baukema said alcohol was not a factor and that the accident is under investigation. Copyright 2014 The Billings Gazette.
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Coroner holds inquest into fatal logging truck accident
A garbage truck did not see the vehicle and slammed into it, ejecting the other driver. The accident happened around 6 a.m. A portion of the interstate was closed for about six hours. The garbage truck’s driver was not injured. He has worked for Rizzo Environmental Services for more than 10 years. A spokesperson says the company’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, and that the company is fully cooperating with authorities. The name of the victim has not yet been released. Robin SchwartzRobin Schwartz More>> Updated: Saturday, March 15 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-03-16 01:14:59 GMT Hundreds of Metro Detroiters are sporting a drastic, new look and they’re proud! Men, women and children had their heads shaved in Romeo on Saturday to raise money for childhood cancer research.
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