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Load Securement, It Could Happen To You

An accident Monday afternoon killed a Columbia man who was impaled by a flying piece of wood that crashed through his windshield while he was driving.  Barry L. Myers was pronounced dead at Lancaster General Hospital shortly after the accident. A family relative said Myers and his wife, Deborah, were returning from a weekend trip to Ocean City, Md., when the accident happened. Deborah Myers had just celebrated her birthday.  According to Manor Township police, Myers and his wife were traveling north on Millersville Road.  At the same time, Vernon McCauley was traveling south when two pieces of wood fencing flew off his truck. “It appears the wind picked them up,” police Cpl. Kim Geyer said. One of the pieces of fencing smashed through the windshield of Myers’ car and impaled...

FMCSA Fines Oregon Motor Carrier $25,000 for Multiple Safety Violations

Ore-Cal Livestock Inc., an Oregon-based company, negotiated an agreement where it pleaded guilty to five counts of aiding and abetting false statements to a government agency. The company was sentenced to five years probation and fined it $25,000 plus court costs. As a special condition to the plea agreement Ore-Cal was ordered to pay the Office of Inspector General $50,000 as a settlement for the costs of investigating the case. The company was also ordered to pay a total of $1 million over the next five years toward trucking safety. The company was also ordered to implement a strict safety and regulatory compliance...

FMCSA Fines Minnesota Motor Carrier $368,200 for Multiple Safety Violations

A safety investigation of Mark Sand and Gravel conducted on Oct. 1 showed the company failed to provide hazardous materials training to persons that operate a cargo tank or vehicle with a portable tank with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more; knowingly allowing an employee with a suspended, revoked or canceled commercial drivers license to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and failing to require a driver to make a record of duty status. A fine of $11,880 was...

Shifting Load Kills I-65 Trucker

A truck driver was killed on I-65 this morning when police say a sudden stop caused his load of steel piping to shift on top of him.   The victim, a 38-year-old Ohio man, died after he stopped his semi tractor-trailer along northbound I-65 north of the Raymond Street exit at about 7:51 a.m., said Indiana State Police Sgt. Ray Poole.  “For some unknown reason, he stopped abruptly and the load shifted forward,” Poole said. “The heavy steel piping came into the back of the tractor, killing...

Trucker Likely Fell Asleep Before Westmoreland Co. Accident

A truck driver probably fell asleep before his tractor-trailer slammed into a car, killing a Honduran diplomat.  Trooper Kevin McNamara said truck driver Sam P. Thompson, 32, of Gaithersburg, Md, falsified his driver’s log a few hours before the Feb. 8 crash. The log indicated he was taking a federally mandated sleep break when he was actually in Toledo, Ohio, picking up a load of glassware, McNamara said.   Navarro was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at milepost 71 in an eastbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Arona.   McNamara said damage to the vehicles and gouges in the highway indicated Navarro’s vehicle was pulling off the highway when it was rammed from behind.  “The left rear trunk area was pushed all the way into the rear seat (where Ortiz Navarro was seated). My opinion is that only 2 1/2 feet of the car was on the right lane of the highway and the rest was already over in the pull-off,” McNamara said.   “I think he fell asleep, drove up the embankment and finally grabbed the wheel,” McNamara said.  McNamara said he picked up paperwork, including Thompson’s driver’s log, strewn on the ground surrounding the truck.  He said Thompson’s last previous stop, the Libby Glass factory in Toledo, had recorded he was there about 12 hours before the crash.  “He reported in his log that he was sleeping during that time … so he committed a false log,” McNamara said.  “There is no indication he made any attempt to steer to the left.”  Thompson will stand trial for following too closely, driving at an...

Truck With Bad Brakes Called ‘Deadly Weapon’ After Fatal Crash; Driver Charged

A truck that crashed with a motorcycle, killing its rider, had such equipment violations, police say it was a deadly weapon.   The Dover Police Department today said they have charged 48-year-old Curtis Smith of Greenwood with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering and five federal motor carrier violations.  Smith was driving a dump truck south on McKee Road.  The truck and cycle crashed in the intersection, killing Bowden. Smith was unhurt, police said.  “Investigation into the accident revealed that Smith was operating a 10-wheel dump truck, which had inadequate brakes and equipment violations”.   An inspection by the Dover Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Delaware State Police team that specializes in fatal accident investigation determined, “the truck was in such condition that it endangered the life of others on the roadway,” Getek said.   Smith was arrested last week in connection with the July 14, 2006...