Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The West Coast Express commuter trains that run from Mission to Vancouver BC have an extended bus service that parallels the train trips offering mid day trips to/from Vancouver.
This morning the second bus of the morning crashed within view of the Port Haney station just before its 10:49 departure time.
Local TV news is reporting the driver passed out just as he was turning off the highway. His bus careened across a sidewalk and lawn, just missed a fire hydrant, snapped off a tree, crossed the road and went over an embankment coming to rest against some cedar trees. Its these trees that kept the bus from possibly rolling over.
The TV report also stated that the driver and one passenger went to hospital for treatment. There were no serious injuries.
While I was on the scene a second traffic incendent occured right in front of me. A young fellow driving a pick-up, and pulling a loaded utility trailer, managed to loose control. His trailer fish-tailed all over the highway and slammed into the traffic island within view of the officials tending to the bus incident. I managed to capture and action photo of his trailer wiping out. The driver cussed a blue streak when he emerged from his truck. Police and reporters came running to see what it was all about. A loaded semi hauling fresh cut lumber was right there as well. My personal observation was the young driver was trying to speed past the semi. Excessive speed likely caused him to loose control. Police on the scene were busy with a ticket book when I left.
Anyway...here's several photos of the crash scene.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wreck cleared on Garden Lakes Boulevard
Oct 30, 2008
A Rome woman was hospitalized this evening after a van she was driving was struck by a trailer that broke loose from another vehicle on Garden Lakes Boulevard.
The 6 p.m. wreck occurred at the railroad track crossing, and was directly in front of Garden Lakes Elementary School.
According to Paul Mansfield of the Rome Police Department:
A trailer towed by a pick-up truck driven by Paul Abrams of Armuchee came loose from the vehicle as it was crossing the railroad tracks.
The loose trailer hit a GMC minvan driven by Shuaib Hanin Wasif of Rome.
Wasif was taken to Floyd Medical Center with minor inju-ries.
Mansfield said Abrams would be cited with not having proper safety restraints on the trailer.
The accident was cleared around 6:45 p.m.
Injury accident stalls traffic on eastbound Dumbarton Bridge
There were injuries and the CHP issued a sig-alert for the eastbound Dumbarton.
An hour later the accident was in the clearing stages but there was a long backup and the CHP advised commuters to avoid the bridge for awhile, if possible.
Girl freed after arm gets stuck in old pickup bed
3-year-old OK following ordeal at family farm
Monday, October 27 | 10:22 p.m.
By JOHN BRANTON
COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER
Halloween or not, it may be awhile before 3-year-old Marina Dally wants to visit a pumpkin patch again.
On Monday, Marina got her arm stuck in a hole in an old pickup bed, which was being used as a trailer to haul pumpkins at her grandparents’ farm in the Proebstel area northeast of Orchards.
“We tried to get it out,” her grandmother, Helen Boldt, said later. “First we put dish soap on it, but it was swollen.”
The Vancouver Fire Department was called to the farm at 18905 N.E. 83rd Street shortly before noon, said Chris Moen, firefighter-spokesman.
They found Marina’s hand still locked in a stake pocket of the pickup bed, which had been removed from the truck’s cab and still had wheels on it for use as a utility trailer.
And she wasn’t very happy about it.
“She had family there kind of calming her down,” Moen said. “But whenever we put a tool to use, a saw or anything for cutting, she just cried loudly. It reminded me of a 3-year-old at a doctor’s office, when she saw the needle coming.”
Firefighters called for a heavy-rescue team equipped with bolt cutters, reciprocating saws and other tools.
They worked for more than an hour, first cutting away the outer metal until they could see what was holding the toddler’s hand.
Finally Marina was free, exhausted and hollering but with no damage to her arm and hand that needed hospital treatment.
Later Monday afternoon she was playing and back to her old self, Boldt said.
Her husband, Gary Boldt, is a brother of Republican County Commissioner Marc Boldt.
John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
(KSL News) One man was killed, four others injured in an accident on Interstate 80 near Echo at milepost 170 in Summit County.
The Utah Highway Patrol says the driver, 40-year-old Ty R. Richins, was traveling westbound on I-80 Sunday pulling a camping trailer and Jeep Wrangler behind his 1990 Ford F-350. The trailer and Jeep began to sway back and forth forcing the truck off the road. The truck hit a post and part of an exit sign, overturning the truck, which then rolled.
The truck, trailer and Jeep separated. The trailer and the Jeep overturned and rolled onto the Interstate, blocking the lanes of travel.
Richins, who is from Syracuse, was ejected from the vehicle suffering major trauma to his head and torso. He was found dead under the truck.
None of the four passengers was ejected, but all of them were injured. A family friend, 73-year-old Paul Arellanes, was sitting in the middle of the front seat. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a head injury. As were Richins' 16- and 17-year-old sons, who were in the rear passenger seats.
Arellanes is from Placitas, New Mexico.
Richins' 69-year-old father, Jerry, who was in the front passenger seat, was flown by helicopter to the hospital with injuries to his head, neck and back.
Richins was not exceeding the speed limit, but the highway patrol says due to the weight of all three vehicles, speed was a factor in the crash.
No one was wearing a seat belt.