Monthly Archive: December 2011

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Pedestrian killed by truck driver in Durham

DURHAM – A pedestrian was killed after attempting to cross the street this afternoon by an operator of a 2011 GMC pickup truck, state police said. The driver was traveling north on Route 17 heading toward Middletown and had already passed an intersection in the vicinity of Haddam Quarter Road when a 69 year-old woman started to cross the street, Troop F Sgt. Sal Calvo said.

The man, driving in the left lane, honked his horn, according to his statement, to alert the woman that he was headed her way, Calvo said. For unknown reasons, the victim, a resident of Durham, did not hear the sound of the horn and still proceeded to cross the road. The driver could not stop his vehicle and at approximately 4 p.m.

struck the woman, causing the death of her shortly thereafter, state police said. As a result, part of Route 17 near Parson Lane was closed for two hours following the incident. It is unknown if a medical examiner arrived on the scene or if the victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

The name of the woman will not be released until next of kin is notified of her death, Calvo said. The accident is currently under investigation, state police said. Anyone who witnessed the accident should contact Trooper Joseph O’Connell at (860) 399-2100.

Jonetta Badillo can be reached by email at [email protected]

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Do you have what it takes to be a trucker? – Durham Region Shop Talk

The recession seems to be continuing endlessly and you may be one of the thousands of Canadians out of work. Perhaps it is time to ask yourself, Do I have what it takes to be a tow trucker? Good jobs are hard to come by these days, but with new car purchases still remaining fairly low that means there are more and more old clunkers on the road just waiting to break down and need a tow.

So could you do it? Driving a tow truck does not actually require any special certification, other than a valid driver s license. In fact, pretty much anyone could purchase a tow truck and set up a towing business.

This does require a lot of investment and building a client base isn t easy, so working for a larger outfit is a better place to start. Most reliable trucking companies will require a criminal background check and a clean driving abstract. If you have those intact and like to work with vehicles, you may be on the right track.

Towing regular personal vehicles is a good place to start in the business if you are uncertified, but sooner or later you may feel the urge to get into towing some seriously large items. At Bob s Towing in Clarington, drivers have used flatbeds of varying sizes to tow trailers, sea containers, 18 wheelers and even airplanes. To haul that kind of load, you are going to need a larger truck with air brakes.

In order to legally drive those larger trucks, take a few courses and pass a test to upgrade your G licence to an A or an AZ licence. If you are lucky, you can get in with a reliable and resilient company like Bob s Towing in Clarington. They have been going strong since 1965 and continue to do well as the Durham Regional Police s preferred towing service.

For more information on their business, call them 905-723-5219.

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