CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – Winter weather is to blame for a Charlottesville city brine and salt truck flipping over Monday, causing a brief hazmat scare. Officials from the Charlottesville Fire Department says the truck went into a creek near the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Valley Road Extended about 11:30 Monday morning after the driver tried to turn around and backed-up over snow. About 300 gallons of brine leaked into the creek. Neighbors out shoveling snow say they heard a soft thud and noticed the driver trying to scramble out of the vehicle. “He had the three guys with him, there were three other trucks and they all jumped out and made sure he was OK. I asked if they were OK and everything was fine, probably a little scared and shaken up from flipping over like that, said witness Thomas Mack. Charlottesville fire says no hazardous material leaked into the creek but crews put booms on the creek as a precaution. No one was injured in the incident. Sign Up for Email Alerts Sign up to receive NBC29 news and weather updates in your inbox daily.
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Truck collides with bus carrying 62 people on Route 78
The FedEx truck was traveling northbound on Interstate 820 near Rosedale when it crossed the median into southbound lanes, causing considerable damage to the median barrier and front of the truck. The truck then rolled on its side in the southbound lanes, where other vehicles were involved. Fort Worth fire crews performed an extraction to remove one person who was trapped by the crash. MedStar said another motorist was reportedly ejected during the collision. MedStar emergency medical crews said two people were transported from the scene to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. One had serious injuries, while they other person’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening. Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
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MDOT to improve safety at truck stop where teacher died
A dump truck that collided with a Los Angeles police cruiser last week in Beverly Hills, killing one officer and injuring another, was up to date on its required inspections and did not have any recent violations, California Highway Patrol records show. The truck a 1994 Kenworth big rig was last inspected by CHP officers from the Commercial Vehicle Section at the truck’s terminal on July 31, 2012, records show. Last week, the truck skidded down Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane before it tipped on its side and spilled a small excavator it was carrying, colliding with the police cruiser Officer Nicholas Lee was driving in the opposite direction, LAPD officials said. PHOTOS: Funeral services for LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee Lee, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a 16-year veteran of the LAPD and was honored in a memorial Thursday. His rookie partner was injured but has since been released from the hospital. In 2010, the truck was cited for the condition of its brakes, but no similar problems were found when it was inspected again two years later, records show. The truck changed owners after that inspection and was modified to become a roll-off truck that can carry large trash dumpsters, CHP officials said.
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NHTSA: fatal truck accidents happening more frequently
“We heard the passion for making these improvements,” says Pete Pfeiffer, manager of the transportation service center for MDOT. The study focuses on a stretch of M-40, outside the Tulip City Truck Stop, where Hoppe was killed by a truck in December. Three members of another family died in a similar accident in 2007. Engineers have now determined that the trucks don’t have enough time to turn. “When the trucks were getting out of the truck stops you could see break lights,” says Pfeiffer. To give trucks more space, MDOT is recommending adding two roundabouts, one north of the truck stop and one to the south. “Once vehicles get into these roundabouts they need to slow,” says Pfeiffer. “Seems to be the best solution as far as solving those left turn crashes.” Police say it was important that the plan not only focus on the immediate area surrounded the truck stop because they say accident reports show the problem went beyond that area.
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Multiple Injuries After East Fort Worth Truck Crash
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. The main purpose of this type of lawsuit is to restore the family to the same financial position that they would have been in had the death not occurred.
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Dump truck in fatal crash with LAPD cruiser passed last inspection
Above, a file photo of Route 78 east. (Star-Ledger file) View/Post Comments BERKELEY HEIGHTS A bus with more than 60 people on board collided with an 18-wheeler on Route 78 early this morning, but police reported only minor injuries. At 3:52 a.m., a bus carrying 62 occupants and a Volvo tractor-trailer were involved in an accident on Route 78 eastbound near milepost 45, said State Police Trooper Jeff Flynn. There were no life-threatening injuries in the crash, Flynn said, but a few people sustained minor injuries and were taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit. Police did not know exactly how many people were injured, or what specific injuries they suffered. Berkeley Heights police deferred all questions to the State Police. The accident shut down the center and right lanes of the highway until 7 a.m. The bus, which was operated by B&M Tour Inc., was disabled in the crash. The company sent a second bus to pick up the uninjured passengers, Flynn said. It was not clear if the bus was carrying commuters, he said. Corporate listings show B&M operates out of Stroudsburg, Pa., but attempts to contact them at a listed phone number were not successful.
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