Jackknifed Truck Filled With Cookie Dough Causes Traffic Delays

Jackknifed Truck Causes Major Traffic Delays

Early on Monday morning, the morning commuters had a heck of a time trying to travel the Southbound out of Escondido on Interstate 15. Commuters were faced with some serious delays after a big rig that was filled with cookie dough had jackknifed near State Route 56 interchange.

The crash happened around five o’clock in the morning and had caused traffic to back up for several miles after the incident. Several hours after the traffic stop, traffic was starting to move at a slow crawl from the North of Escondido to the I-15/SR-56 interchange.

Luckily the HOV lanes were not affected in the incident. The HOV lanes were opened to all of the traffic, not just carpool vehicles. The lanes stayed open to help people get around the SigAlert. California Highway Patrol and Caltrans later opened up an additional HOV lane to hopefully help relieve some of the traffic congestion.

The Carmel Mountain Road on-ramp to the I-1 was opened right before 7 ‘clock that morning. The alternate route to Carmel Mountain Road was open but were expected delays.

Driver of Jackknifed Truck Injured

The driver of the big rig was injured and then sent to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. However, there were no details on the extent of his injuries.

There were around three or four tow trucks that were called to help get the jackknifed truck righted and help clear the lanes.

The California Highway Patrol Officers and the Firefighters were still at the scene at 8:30 that morning. There were no estimated time for the reopening of the lanes.

The officials say that the Hazmat crews were called to the crash but luckily there were no hazardous materials released during the crash.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Jack-Knifed-Big-Rig-Closes-Lanes-on-I-15-Near-SR-56–261506781.html#ixzz37T9ApNNx

 

Jim Forslund

 

Deputy Gets Hit on Fourth of July

According to the police, On the fourth of July, a forty-two year old man was arrested after he allegedly hit a deputy with his truck on a residential street in the Fillmore area.

According to the news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, A resident from Fillmore, Ruben Cendejas Estrada has been charged with an assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and driving under the influence.

On Friday, deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 600 block of Manzanita Drive. There were two separate callers that reported a man driving a red pickup truck. The press release stated ” up and down the street, challenging people to a fight”

The police authorities said that Estrada had left his vehicle and became involved in physical altercation at the scene.

Truck Driver Gets Violent at Scene

According to the Sheriff’s Department, One of the deputies had tried to remove the man from the pickup, The man then shifted the truck into drive and then accelerated forward. The action pushed the deputy against the patrol car and then onto its hood.

According to the release the suspect then drove away and the pursuit started. During the chase the male suspect then “directed his truck toward a responding patrol unit, nearly missing it”.

The pickup collided with another vehicle before stopping in a nearby alley, after which the suspect fled the scene on foot. The male suspect was later located at his home and arrested.

The deputy that was pushed onto the hood of his patrol car was later transported for Ventura County Medical Center, where he was then treated and released.

On Saturday Estrada was released from custody. He is now scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Friday.

Source: http://ktla.com/2014/07/06/fillmore-man-arrested-after-allegedly-hitting-deputy-with-truck/

Radiation Leak Causes Truck Inspections

Investigators Searching for Radiation Leak Cause

On June 26th Officials have started investigating a mysterious radiation leak that has came from the Government’s underground nuclear waste dump. The investigators have now turned their focus onto the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s accident investigation team have been investigating the lab in Northeaster New Mexico for almost three weeks now.

Officials say that a canister that had been shipped from Los Alamos to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant had burst in the min on February 14th. The burst contaminated twenty-two workers and shuttered the nations only permanent repository for waste from decades of building nuclear bombs. The Officials are now monitoring if hundred of other barrels from Los Alamos that are at the time being stored at the nuclear waste dump to see if they are also at risk of bursting.

There are at least nine teams investigating this dangerous accident. Once more information is gathered there is expected to be “administrative actions” and fines to be levied against the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Underground Truck Fire Sparks Radiation Leak Investigation

Initial probes by federal regulators into the leak and an underground truck fire six days earlier identified a host of management and safety shortcomings. Communications between Los Alamos and the contractor that packaged its waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have raised questions about oversight by the lab.

Since the waste was packed with cat litter to help absorb the moisture, they are now trying to determine if they should switch from “inorganic” to “organic” litter to help reduce a chemical reaction.

More than five hundred barrels were packed with the organic litter. More than half of those are already underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Some are in temporary storage. The ones they are most worried about exploding have been specially packed and under constant monitoring.

It’s unsure how long the plant will be shut down. The company is trying to get a permit for a new type of barrel for some of the waste to be shipped to the Wast Isolation Pilot Plant because none of those barrels have been tied to the leak.

Source: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/26/nuke-leak-probe-focuses-on-los-alamos-national-lab/

Jackknifed Big Rig Blocks Early Morning Traffic

Early Morning Monday Big Rig Crash Creates Traffic Mess

Early Morning commuters had a heck of a time trying to make it to work on Monday, June 2, 2014. A crash that ended up having a big rig jackknifed on the south Interstate 15 left the traveling conditions pretty awful if you were in a hurry.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident was reported around 5:10 in the morning. The big rig was left on its side near the south of Carmel Mountain Road.

The police say that there were only minor injuries involved in the big rig crash.

Big Rig Blocks Southbound Lanes

According to the California Highway Patrol, mostly all of the southbound lanes were block until around seven:fifty that morning, that is when three lanes were able to be cleared off. The HOV lanes had stayed open and by eleven o’clock that morning all but one of the right lanes were still closed.

There was a traffic alert issued that morning, trying to warn people to avoid the scene if possible.

According to the report, there was traffic backed up for several miles. The big rig crash had affected the eastbound state Route 78 as well as the Del Dios Highway. The Del Dios Highway had bumper to bumper traffic as the drivers tried to find alternative routes.

Source :http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/02/big-rig-crash-jackknifed-interstate-backed-up/

Mother Killed and Child Injured in Crosswalk Collision

Mother Killed in a Crosswalk by Semi Truck

On a Tuesday morning, a semi truck hit and killed a mother and injured her nine year old daughter. The nine year old had to be hospitalized. This was after the pair was walking in a crosswalk that morning.

The collision happened just before eight in the morning at the 1300 block of North Bronson Avenue.

The incident was described as “really sad”.

The driver of the semi truck had passed a sobriety test. The man was not taken into custody.

The semi truck had been carrying a small load of concrete at the time of the accident. The truck was owned by “Banning- based Bowman’s Trucking”. The investigator stated that the truck did not seem to have any mechanical issues.

Spokesman for the Truck Company involved in the Crosswalk Collision

Our hearts go out to the family. We are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.We feel absolutely horrible about the situation.

The collision happened just a few moments before eight o’clock in the morning. The location was in the 1300 block of North Bronson Avenue at Fountain Avenue which is in front of the Joseph Le Conte Junior High School.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a mother and her nine year old girl were hit by a semi truck.

The accident happened at a pedestrian crosswalk in front of the school. This is where the semi truck was heading southbound on Bronson Avenue.

The mother and daughter were immediately transported to the hospital and them mother died. Luckily the daughter was in stable condition.

The intersection is extremely busy in the mornings. The driver was interview by the investigating officers and he passed a sobriety test.

The truck was carrying a small load of concrete at the time and was owned by Banning-based Bowman’s Trucking. The truck did not seem to have any mechanical issues.

The owner of the company responded to the scene. The driver of the truck was an “excellent driver” and seemed very emotional about the crash.

The middle school had counselors come out to the school to try to help anyone that might need it.

According to Bruce Gillman of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, there were no crossing guards assigned to the crosswalk where the collision happened. That is also a heavily trafficked area by pedestrians and motorists that try to avoid traffic from the boulevards.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2014/02/11/mom-child-struck-by-vehicle-in-hollywood/#ixzz34p9LUnPC

Cement Truck Loses Control and Overturns

Cement Truck Overturns Hitting Multiple Vehicles

On a Friday morning things did not start off too well for a cement truck driver. That morning a cement truck had lost control and then overturned. Just two months ago a veteran officer was killed on the exact street after his police car had collided with an out of control dump truck.

According to Lt. Hill of the Beverly Hills Police Department, the cement truck had turned over just after eleven in the morning. The accident happened in the 1100 block of Loma Vista Drive. The cement truck had hit several parked vehicles before it came to a stop on its side.

The aerial video showed that at the least, three cars were damaged.

The Aerial Video Showed The Cement Truck’s Damage

A white truck was extensively damaged, with large pieces of debris from the vehicle littered on the street all around it.

The driver of the truck, who has yet to be identified, was taken to the local hospital for his serious condition. Luckily, no other injuries were reported. However, the video also showed that several other vehicles were damaged from the collision.

Loma Vista Drive was closed on Friday afternoon, however it was reopened by five that evening.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2014/05/02/cement-truck-overturns-on-same-street-where-lapd-officer-was-killed-in-crash/#ixzz34pC2C3Ny

 

Nine People Died In FedEx Truck Collision

Nine People Dead and Multiple Injured in FedEx Truck Collision

Nine people were sadly killed and dozens more were injured in a collision that involved a FedEx truck and a charter bus. The charter bus was carrying high school students from Southern California.

The collision happened on Interstate 5 North of Highway 32. This was in Glenn County.

The accident happened with the FedEx truck was heading southbound and then crossed the center divider and then crashed head on into the bus. According to the California Highway Patrol, both of the vehicles exploded into flames. There were speculation that there might have been a third vehicle involved.

An aerial video of the wreckage showed the devastation.

The video also showed the dozens of students that were wandering around the burned remains of the tour bus. A lot of the students seemed dazed and some were bleeding from their injuries (cuts to their hands and faces).

Rescuers helped the student that were waiting on ambulances. There is no certainty of how many students were hospitalized or how severe their injuries were.

The drivers of the FedEx truck as well as the charter bus were some of the ones who were dead.

FedEx Spokeswoman Bonnie Kourvealas Statement about the Collision

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic accident on I-5 in California. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate.

According to the report, students from Robert F. Kennedy, Manual Arts, and Augustus Hawkins high schools were probably traveling on the three buses that left Los Angeles that morning.

School Spokesman’s Statement

We were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident that took place earlier today near Humboldt State University. At this time, we do not know how many L.A. Unified students were victims of the crash. We are providing support at the site. We will be providing support at District schools tomorrow morning.

The cause of the crash was under investigation for some time.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2014/04/10/fedex-truck-collides-with-bus-carrying-socal-students-touring-colleges/#ixzz34pAmS0Oi

Fiery Tanker Crash Closes All Lanes

Fiery Tanker Truck Crash Closes All Lanes

On July 13, 2013 travelers had a bit of trouble getting to their destinations on that Saturday. A fiery tanker truck had crashed and forced the closure of all the northbound lanes of the 5 at the transition to the 2. There were also some closings of the the Southbound lanes.

According to the news release, all of the northbound 5 lanes were reopened by eleven o’clock on Monday evening. Luckily by five o’clock the next morning on Tuesday, all of the Southbound lanes were reopened.

The officials said that only the transition tunnel from the Northbound 2 to the Northbound 5 had remained closed indefinitely.

Caltrans Spokesman, Mike Miles Statement about the Tanker Crash

We will continue working until we can open as many lanes as we can safely. The fire did some extensive damage to the tunnel, therefore it’s requiring quite a bit of work and investigation.

The fiery crash happened around ten:thirty in the morning on Saturday. The Tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of Gas and had blew a tire.

According to the officials the truck then crashed and had overturned inside of the busy tunnel. This was at the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways.

A fire soon started and quickly grew due to the thousand of gallons of gas inside of the tanker truck’s tank.

Fire Captain, Alicia Mathis described the Flame from the Fiery Crash

In my 24 years, I’ve never seen damage to that extent.

The heat was so overwhelming that the fire had vaporized the vehicle including the metal frame.

The driver of the Tanker suffered from some injuries but is expected to be ok.

According to City Councilman, Tom Labonge. The police officials were taking the correct steps to ease the traffic congestion on the side streets which was a result of the freeway closures.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/07/16/tanker-fire-shuts-down-5-freeway/#ixzz34pCmNI9p

Hit and Run Driver Slams Slams into Local Business

Dump Truck Driver Get Slammed into Local Business

On Sunday, June 8th a hit and run driver slammed a dump truck into a Florence area business. The California Highway Patrol Officers are now looking for the hit and run driver.

At twelve:fifty-one in the morning, the hit and run driver crashed into the La Fuente de Oro Market on the 6000 block of Compton Avenue which is near the 69th Street.

The California Highway Patrol said that the driver was going northbound on Compton Avenue. For unknown reasons the man lost control of the truck. The driver then got out of the vehicle and ran away.

Police Search for Hit and Run Driver

The Police officials have been actively searching for the hit and run suspect, however a description of the suspect was not immediately available.

According to the report, the market had been partially red-tagged by the Los Angeles County Building Inspectors. The owners hope to reopen once the front portion of the market is repaired.

Luckily, the market was closed at the time of the collision. However the owner was asleep in the back of the market. He was sleeping in the back due to a rash of recent burglaries. Luckily the owner was not injured.

Source: http://abc7.com/news/hit-run-driver-slams-into-florence-business/102087/

Truck Driver Killed 81 Year Old Pedestrian

Pick-Up Truck Driver Kills 81 Year Old Pedestrian

Today, on Friday the 13th it ended up being a not so lucky day for an 81 year old pedestrian. According to the police, Today a driver of a pick-up truck killed a pedestrian in the Corona del Mar area. The driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The police have arrested twenty-three year old, Robert John Greaney. Robert is from the Costa Mesa area. He has been arrested on the suspicion of a DUI. According to Police Sgt. Corey Wolik, the collision happened on the Pacific Coast Highway. According to the news release from Newport Beach Police Department, the accident near Morning Canyon Road was reported to the authorities before nine:thirty in the evening.

The man that died has been identified as eighty-one year old, Edward Salkin.

According to the news release, Edward had suffered from major injures. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the paramedics.

Edward was once a teacher, teaching pediatric dentistry at the University of Southern California. He also had a dentistry practice in the Huntington Beach. He was also featured in the Daily 49er in 2012.

In the Daily 49er Article Edward was Described as

a lifelong student who planned to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2016.

Anyone with any kind of information about the crash is asked to call the Police Department at  949-644-3746.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2014/06/13/driver-suspected-of-dui-in-corona-del-mar-crash-that-killed-man-81/#ixzz34ZXBMibR