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Chicken truck collides with car, crashes in Alabama

A truck driver was injured this morning when his 18-wheeler hauling a cargo of live chickens crashed near the Montgomery County, Alabama, line early this morning. Authorities say the unidentified driver of the truck was traveling along U.S. Highway 31 when he swerved to avoid a tree obstructing the road. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, collided with another car, and overturned. The accident happened near the town of Davenport in Lowndes County, just over the Montgomery county line. Wreckage was extensive from the crash, which occurred about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Reports say that the road was ... Read More

Greyhound bus crash kills 6, injures 30 in Fresno

A Greyhound bus crash in Fresno, California early Thursday morning has left six people dead and 30 people injured – four of them critically. According to the California Highway Patrol, the bus was traveling en route from Los Angeles to Sacramento in the fast lane on California Highway 99 when it crashed around 2:15 in the morning. Eyewitnesses said the bus struck an SUV that had overturned in the same lane, causing the bus to hit another vehicle. All three vehicles then careened down a 15-foot embankment on the roadside where the Greyhound crashed into a large eucalyptus tree. The ... Read More

Staying alive on the road is mostly up to the driver

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,229 trucking fatalities occurred on U.S. roads and highways in 2008, its last complete statistical year. Traffic fatalities have been steadily dropping over the last 10 years, but there is no doubt that there still are far too many preventable fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles. Whether it was a shift in improperly loaded cargo causing a rollover, a commercial trucking company not equipping the truck with a cab guard, or a defective design that caused the cab to catch on fire — one preventable death is too many. The most common preventable ... Read More

Imprisoned man close to new hearing for fatal sudden acceleration crash

A new hearing is scheduled for August 2 to determine whether Koua Fong Lee will receive a new trial. Lee, a 32-year-old Hmong immigrant and Minnesota resident, was thrown in prison after his 1996 Toyota Camry crashed in 2006 killing three people. On June 10, 2006, Lee was traveling along Interstate 94 in St. Paul on his way home from church. In the car with him were his expectant wife, 4-year-old daughter, brother and father. Just before exiting, Lee’s Camry accelerated drastically to speeds of 70-90 miles per hour, ultimately colliding with other cars. The crash killed Javis Trice Adams, ... Read More

Deaths linked to sudden acceleration climb to 89

Federal transportation officials now say that 89 deaths have been linked to sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles since 2000, up from 52 reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March. Prior to January 27, 2010, NHTSA had on record 17 complaints of acceleration-related Toyota crashes involving 21 deaths between 2000 and 2009. An additional 13 deaths and 10 injuries linked to sudden acceleration accidents since 2005 were subsequently reported to the agency, bringing the total number of people killed to 34. The auto giant now faces at least 228 federal lawsuits and 99 state lawsuits over loss ... Read More

The secret life of a Toyota black box

Everybody knows that after an airplane crashes, the first order of business for investigators is to locate the black box. But few people know that two thirds of new automobiles sold in the United States also contain black boxes, known in the auto industry as “event data recorders.” No federal or industry regulations govern the devices, which record such things as speed, air bag deployment, accelerator pedal and brake applications, seat belt use, and so forth, but they have nonetheless provided key evidence for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other crash investigators. Toyota installs the black boxes in ... Read More

ATV crash kills Minnesota woman, injures another

A 31-year-old Minnesota woman died Saturday when the all-terrain vehicle she was a passenger on crashed into a tree. According to the Bemidji Pioneer, Jessica Christopherson was riding on a 2004 Honda TRX 650R ATV driven by Chad Tabaka, also 30 years old, when the accident occurred. According to a press release from the Hubbard County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s office, Tabaka lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to leave the road and strike a tree. The accident was reported about 6 p.m. in Steamboat River Township. Emergency workers declared Christopherson, a resident of Benedict, Minn., dead at the scene ... Read More

FMCSA to introduce new motor carrier safety rating system in June

This summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will begin its transition from the SafeStat safety performance ranking system to the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 ranking system, generally referred to as CSA 2010. When the transition to CSA 2010 is completed, the FMCSA system will contain the safety data of all commercial motor vehicle fleets from the previous 2 years. The data will also become part of the public record, so it is essential that carriers understand the new rating system and work to improve areas of safety where they fall short or have had problems with in the past. ... Read More

18-wheeler causes multi-vehicle pile-up in Virginia

The operator of an 18-wheel semi truck has been cited for reckless driving after causing a multi-vehicle traffic accident in Virginia on Monday. According to authorities in Carroll County, Virginia, 46-year-old Marco Tulio Carta Jena of Morgantown, North Carolina, crashed his rig into other vehicles that had become backed up along I-77 as another accident further up the interstate was being cleared. Investigators say that the driver was not paying attention to the road when he collided with the other vehicles. Authorities at the scene said that the driver ran into the back of another tractor trailer and a tanker ... Read More

3-year-old Alabama girl dies when ATV strikes a wire

Another child has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Alabama. According to Mobile and Pensacola area press reports, 3-year old girl London Johnson was riding on an ATV with her grandfather, Arthur Lee Rivers, 43, and Isces Johnson, 5 years old, Monday evening when the accident occurred. Reports say that Rivers was driving on a path near South Chestnut Street and East Franklin Avenue in the Beulah community southeast of downtown Foley when he struck a wire that had been strung across the path. London sustained serious neck injuries when she hit the wire and was pronounced dead ... Read More