Monthly Archive: November 2016

B.C. lays out new guidelines for pilot car operators

VICTORIA, B.C. – British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure launched new guidelines for pilot car operators, which clarifies the requirements for travel set out in provincial permits for oversize and overweight loads.

“As outlined in B.C. on the Move, our 10-year transportation plan, we committed to reviewing B.C.’s pilot car requirements and developing clear guidelines for pilot car drivers to operate by,” said Transportation and Infrastructure minister Todd Stone. “This new manual clearly lays out requirements for the pilot car operator, from equipment they must carry to driver movements, to make our highways safer for all motorists.”

The B.C. government said the new manual, which is the first of a two-part pilot car requirement review, is the most complete guide in Canada for pilot car operators. In addition to safety requirements, the manual includes route planning, contingency plans, pre-trip meetings, check required prior to travel, equipment and communication, traffic control and pilot car movements.

The second part of the review will include looking at the number of pilot cars required when escorting oversized loads throughout the province of B.C.

Any truck carrying an oversized load on B.C. highways or side roads must be ushered by a pilot car, but the requirements vary depending on the type of load, time of day and kind of road, which can make the process complex compared to other jurisdictions, according to the ministry.

Stuck lorry has been cleared

A STUCK lorry has now been cleared.

The lorry was stuck on Park Street in Worcester just off Wylds Lane and drivers were warned to avoid the area.

The road has now re-opened.

Update on the HGV stuck at Park Street Worcester, we have now managed to extricate the vehicle from its location and the road is now open

— West Mercia OCC (@WestMerciaOCC) November 30, 2016[1]

A West Mercia police spokesman said: “We were called at 4.59pm to reports of a lorry stuck on a small bridge near Park Street, Worcester.

“Reported outside Magnet Ltd on Blockhouse Close.

“Traffic building up in the area. Officers at the scene.”

Vicky Kruçi said: “My husband reached this just as it happened at 5pm.

“Turned into Wylds Lane from Sidbury and got stuck in a jam.

“The lorry was half way down Park Lane trying to reverse.

“Traffic was blocked in every direction.

“But my husband managed to get through so seemed to miss the worst of it.”

Rachel Sharpe was driving along Droitwich Road at the time and thinks that the stuck lorry affected her journey.

She was held up for around 30 minutes by the traffic.

Report of a HGV that has got stuck in Park Street Worcester, traffic is backing up badly so please find alternative route to avoid this area

— West Mercia OCC (@WestMerciaOCC) November 30, 2016[2]

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FHP: Truck driver sought after pushing woman’s car over …

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 – 6:11 PM

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Troopers are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they said ran a woman’s car off the road on Interstate 4 near Dirksen Drive in Volusia County.

The victim, Mariah Almonte, of Deltona, spoke with Channel 9. Almonte said she’s thankful that other drivers stepped in to help.

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Almonte said she ended her Friday night work shift and then she and a co-worker hit the road to head home.

Almonte said she was driving in front of her friend, who saw the whole thing happen.

“I was driving on the highway,” Almonte said. “It’s totaled. I can’t even drive it.”

She didn’t get a good look at the truck that hit her or the driver behind the wheel, but just before the crash she said she “just saw a big truck trying to get into my lane with my little car.”

Almonte said she honked her horn and the driver veered back into the center lane and then into her lane again.

“I beeped the horn again and he just pushed my car,” Almonte said.

That push sent her rolling down an embankment and through a fence, where she took down two trees and landed in the water.

“When my car was flipped, I had water coming into my car,” Almonte said.

Her friend and another driver pulled over to help pull Almonte out.

But the truck driver didn’t stop.

“I would think if you hit someone, then you’re going to stop,” said Almonte.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they do not know if they’re looking for a man or a woman, nor do they know the make and model of the truck.

Almonte said she is also upset that her new car was totaled, but thankful her friend and a stranger stopped to help.

“I’m a mom, and my husband was saying if I would have passed, he couldn’t live without me,” said Almonte.

Almonte spent hours in the hospital and the last week at home recovering.

Her airbags deployed, keeping her from breaking any bones, but she’s still in pain.

Almonte plans to return to work on Thursday.

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FHP: Truck driver sought after pushing woman’s car over embankment on I-4

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 – 5:46 PM

© 2016 Cox Media Group.[1]

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Troopers are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they said ran a woman’s car off the road on Interstate 4 near Dirksen Drive in Volusia County.

The victim, Mariah Almonte, of Deltona, spoke with Channel 9. Almonte said she’s thankful that other drivers stepped in to help.

Related Headlines

Almonte said she ended her Friday night work shift and then she and a co-worker hit the road to head home.

Almonte said she was driving in front of her friend, who saw the whole thing happen.

“I was driving on the highway,” Almonte said. “It’s totaled. I can’t even drive it.”

She didn’t get a good look at the truck that hit her or the driver behind the wheel, but just before the crash she said she “just saw a big truck trying to get into my lane with my little car.”

Almonte said she honked her horn and the driver veered back into the center lane and then into her lane again.

“I beeped the horn again and he just pushed my car,” Almonte said.

That push sent her rolling down an embankment and through a fence, where she took down two trees and landed in the water.

“When my car was flipped, I had water coming into my car,” Almonte said.

Her friend and another driver pulled over to help pull Almonte out.

But the truck driver didn’t stop.

“I would think if you hit someone, then you’re going to stop,” said Almonte.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they do not know if they’re looking for a man or a woman, nor do they know the make and model of the truck.

Almonte said she is also upset that her new car was totaled, but thankful her friend and a stranger stopped to help.

“I’m a mom, and my husband was saying if I would have passed, he couldn’t live without me,” said Almonte.

Almonte spent hours in the hospital and the last week at home recovering.

Her airbags deployed, keeping her from breaking any bones, but she’s still in pain.

Almonte plans to return to work on Thursday.

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Norristown truck driver sentenced for fatal crash

Igor Salitra was sentenced for a traffic accident on the night of Jan. 28, 2015, that killed Richard Yancoski of North Londonderry Township and injured his wife, Rosemarie.

A 57-year-old Montgomery County truck driver was sentenced to Lebanon County prison Wednesday for a traffic accident that killed a 68-year-old North Londonderry Township man nearly two years ago.

Judge Samuel A. Kline sentenced Igor Salitra, of Norristown, to county prison for three to 23 months and ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine for a charge of homicide by vehicle. Salitra pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 5. As part of his plea agreement, a charge of involuntary manslaughter was dismissed.

Salitra was charged in connection with the nighttime accident on Jan. 28, 2015, on Route 419 at Rexmont Road in South Lebanon Township that killed Richard A. Yancoskie, 68, of North Londonderry Township. His 66-year-old wife, Rosemarie, was injured in the crash.

Salitra told police that he was headed to the Lebanon Valley Business Park along State Drive but missed the turn. Salitra, driving east on Route 419, tried to turn his tractor-trailer around at Rexmont Road, police said. The trailer became stuck in a snow bank and it blocked both lanes of Route 419.

Yancoskie’s car, traveling west on Route 419, came around a curve and struck the trailer, police said. Yancoskie died at the scene.

At Salitra’s preliminary hearing in July last year, Sgt. Kenneth Zimmerman testified backing up the rig and turning around at that location are violations of the vehicle code. The police officer also said Salitra’s driver’s log was falsified about when Salitra last slept.

Through an interpreter, Salitra apologized to Yancoskie’s family on Wednesday. He said he has been law abiding in his native Russia and the United States. His defense attorney, Lidia Alperovich, said Salitra came to the United States about six years ago, has worked steadily and became a naturalized citizen. He is a father and grandfather, she said.

The judge also heard from Richard Yancoskie’s family.

Rosemarie Yancoskie said her children lost a loving father.

David Yancoskie said his father had worked at Alcoa in South Lebanon Township, retiring after 28 years as an accounting manager. He called his father “a great conversationalist.”

He said he does not hold any ill will toward Salitra, but that he was taught to take responsibility for his own actions.

Nichole Eisenhart, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, called the accident a tragic situation. Salitra had worked too many hours driving a tractor-trailer without stopping to rest, he was driving through Lebanon County where he was unfamiliar with the roads and got struck in the snow.

The delay in resolving the case has been difficult for the Yancoskie family, she said.

“Everyone grieves for you,” Kline told Yancoskie’s family.

He judge noted that Salitra had a crime-free life, built a career and raised a family before the accident.

As a result of his sentence, Salitra will probably never be able to drive a tractor-trailer again, the judge said.

When Salitra’s case was first called Wednesday morning, his defense attorney said he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea. Alperovich said she only learned of his decision late Tuesday afternoon.

Kline said he was not inclined to grant Salitra’s request.

“This plea is extremely fair to the defendant and never enough time for the family of the victim,” the judge said.

Kline told Salitra could face a significantly longer time in prison if his case went to trial and he was convicted. He said Salitra would face a maximum of 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if he were convicted.

“It isn’t going to get any better than this,” the judge told him. Kline gave Salitra several minutes with his defense attorney before recalling the case. When he did, Salitra decided to go ahead with his sentencing.

Richard Yancoskie’s estate filed suit against Salitra and his one-man company, Salitruck, in May last year. Judge Bradford H. Charles signed an order June 10 settling the case out of court and sealing the settlement order.

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Florida man uses oxygen machine to attack tow…

LAKE PARK, Fla. – A 74-year-old South Florida man used his oxygen machine as a weapon Tuesday when he used it to hit a tow truck driver over the head in a post office parking lot, deputies said.
Lawrence Starr was turning into the parking lot of a post…

Police have traced a pick-up truck driven by a road rage motorist who reversed the vehicle into a lorry and smashed …

Police are still trying to trace a road rage motorist and the truck he used to reverse into a lorry.
The incident, caught on CCTV, happened on November 9 at noon after two vehicles collided as they accessed a busy motorway.
Footage showed two men in a …

South Florida man uses oxygen machine to…

LAKE PARK, Fla. – A 74-year-old South Florida man used his oxygen machine as a weapon Tuesday when he used it to hit a tow truck driver over the head in a post office parking lot, deputies said.
Lawrence Starr was turning into the parking lot of a post…