Monthly Archive: July 2017

Mother and children killed in car crash ‘witnessed by father’

A mother and two children have been killed in a crash reportedly witnessed by their father as he travelled in a separate car.

The three died when their car hit a lorry on the A361 in north Devon.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Aller Cross, close to Lankey Junction, Barnstaple, at 8.25am on Monday.

Police confirm two children and a woman have died following the serious collision on the A361 #Barnstaple[1][2][3]

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Inspector Richard McLellan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the father was in a different car on the same road, the BBC reported.

He said: “It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.

“Unfortunately the family were travelling in two separate cars but travelling together along this road, so dad was there at the scene as well.”

The carriageway was closed in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land.


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‘What have I done? What have I done?’ Driver ‘who punched a man into the path of a garbage truck broke down and dry retched after the fatal road rage attack’

  • Tamate Henry Heke allegedly hit a 50-year-old man into path of a rubbish truck
  • Witness told the court Heke dry retched after incident, said ‘what have I done?’ 
  • Another witness said the ‘Maori man’ appeared to be distressed and panicky 
  • Shane Merrigan, 50, died on Gateway Motorway in Queensland 


Witnesses in the trial of a man accused of punching another who then fell into the path of an oncoming truck have described seeing him dry retch before allegedly telling one: ‘What have I done, what have I done?’

Tamate Henry Heke allegedly struck Shane Merrigan, 50, before the local man was hit by a rubbish truck on the Gateway Motorway at Eight Mile Plains on December 1, 2015.

Heke has pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter, as well as not guilty to an alternative charge of unlawful striking causing death.

Tamate Henry Heke (pictured) allegedly hit a 50-year-old man into the path of a rubbish truck

Tamate Henry Heke (pictured) allegedly hit a 50-year-old man into the path of a rubbish truck

Tamate Henry Heke (pictured) allegedly hit a 50-year-old man into the path of a rubbish truck

Witnesses told the court Tuesday that Heke (pictured) dry retch after the incident in 2015

Witnesses told the court Tuesday that Heke (pictured) dry retch after the incident in 2015

Witnesses told the court Tuesday that Heke (pictured) dry retch after the incident in 2015

The court heard witnesses said Heke (pictured) asked 'What have I done, what have I done?'

The court heard witnesses said Heke (pictured) asked 'What have I done, what have I done?'

The court heard witnesses said Heke (pictured) asked ‘What have I done, what have I done?’

Witness Jonathan Spillman told the Brisbane Supreme Court trial on Tuesday he had stopped to offer first aid after seeing a body lying on the road but when he got closer, realised it was too late.

While he didn’t identify Heke directly, Mr Spillman told the court he then turned his attention to a ‘Samoan, Islander type of person’ nearby who had bloodshot eyes and looked like he was in shock.

‘I asked him if he was OK,’ Mr Spillman said.

‘At that stage he held out his two hands and said to me, “what have I done, what have I done?”‘

Earlier, fellow driver Eleanor Woodman also said she saw a ‘Maori’ man punch a Caucasian man in the face, then grab his head, pace up and down and dry retch after the collision with the truck.

‘He was very distraught,’ Ms Woodman said.

Shane Merrigan, 50, (pictured) was allegedly struck by Heke at a Queensland motorway 

Shane Merrigan, 50, (pictured) was allegedly struck by Heke at a Queensland motorway 

Shane Merrigan, 50, (pictured) was allegedly struck by Heke at a Queensland motorway 

The court heard Heke was allegedly emotional and distressed when he realised what he did 

The court heard Heke was allegedly emotional and distressed when he realised what he did 

The court heard Heke was allegedly emotional and distressed when he realised what he did 

Another motorist, Jade Faulder, dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she recalled seeing a man fall back ‘kind of unconscious’ onto the road after an encounter with a ‘Kiwi guy’, followed by the moment of fatal impact.

Asked by crown prosecutor Clare Kelly what the man who delivered the punch did at this point, she said: ‘He began to panic (and) dropped to the ground.’

The jury has previously heard both men had been making their way home from work before pulling over to the left shoulder of the road and facing each other ‘for about 13 seconds’.

The New Zealander is then accused of then delivering a ‘heavy blow’ to Mr Merrigan’s head, causing him to fall into the path of the truck, which was travelling at 90km/h.

Photographs showing the truck’s blood-splattered undercarriage were viewed by jurors on the first day of the trial.

They also saw graphic footage from a motorway camera showing the two cars pulling onto the road’s shoulder, the men getting out and the moment of impact.

But defence barrister Anthony Kimmins has said his client, a father of three, told police he didn’t intend to get into a fight when he pulled his Holden Astra over that day.

The trial continues.

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Are pulmonary function tests required for smokers?

In his nearly 25 years as a truck driver, OOIDA Life Member Michael Weaver said he had never been ordered to undergo a pulmonary lung function test.

Well, at least not until recently.

During his most recent Department of Transportation physical, the 54-year-old truck driver from Virginia said he was told the test was federally mandated because he indicated that he was a smoker.

“They said that if you smoke, then you have to do this,” Weaver said. “They said I had to do it if I wanted my CDL.”

Weaver passed the test, which cost him an additional $40 out-of-pocket. However, he said he still questioned whether taking the test was really mandated by the FMCSA.

Dale Watkins, of OOIDA’s Regulatory Affairs department, said there isn’t an FMCSA regulation that requires the test, but it is a guideline for certified medical examiners.

“It’s a recommendation, but it’s not mandatory to have to take a pulmonary function test,” Watkins said.

For truck drivers who believe it’s an unnecessary test, Watkins said they are free to go to another certified medical examiner as long as it is OK with the driver’s motor carrier.

Driver rams cop cars in stolen truck

A stolen truck was rammed into three police cars as a wanted driver made a bid to escape in Christchurch overnight.

Police said a truck was reported stolen and was tracked by GPS. It ended up parked in the suburb of Phillipstown at 5.30am.

A spokeswoman said when police arrived to recover the stolen vehicle, a man took off in the truck, ploughing into three stationary police cars as he made his getaway.

The truck was tracked to Linwood where cordons were put in place on nearby streets.

The wanted driver was found and arrested, said the spokeswoman.

ATA’s Share the Road Truck Safety Video Takes Home Telly Award

ARLINGTON, Va., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, ATA announced its highway safety program, Share the Road, was awarded a bronze Telly Award for the program’s Share the Road Instructional Video[1].

“It is an honor to receive an award for promoting highway safety by using sleek graphics, great content and unique design elements, all meant to engage a 21st century audience,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc. “Being recognized for demonstrating real world situations on the highway speaks to the passion that truck drivers and our Share the Road program have for highway safety.”

The Telly Awards celebrate excellence in the Film and Video industries. Judges evaluate entries based on the distinction of creative work found in the entry and compare each entry to the historical standard that the Telly Awards competition has upheld for 38 years. The video[2], initially intended to educate drivers on how to share the road safely with large tucks, has since virally swept throughout the highway safety community, being reposted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, state Department of Transportations, state trucking associations and student driving programs throughout North America. Share the Road professional truck drivers also use this video when teaching new drivers what to be aware of and how to operate a vehicle when driving near large trucks.

“It has always been important for the Share the Road program to engage our audience with informative, engaging videos, events, news articles and other mediums,” said ATA Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and COO Elisabeth Barna.” We are thrilled that this video continues to reach large audiences and spread a strong safety message to motorists throughout North America.”

The Share the Road safety video focused on many key factors, such as recognizing blind spots around large trucks, slowing down, wearing a safety belt, paying extra attention to traffic flows in work zones, maintaining a safe following distance, and eliminating distracted driving, specifically addressing the use of a cell phone while driving to text message or talk. The video also used visualizations and authentic truck drivers to further explain and show the importance of safety on the highway.

The video showcases the Share the Road program’s Mack Pinnacle Sleeper 70-inch high-rise as it maneuvers on highways in Maryland. The video was produced by EFX Media for the Telly Awards. Share the Road professional truck drivers Allen Boyd (Walmart Transportation), Alphonso Lewis (YRC Freight), Don Biggerstaff (ABF Freight) and Ralph Garcia (ABF Freight) appear in the video and demonstrate safe-driving tools to viewers.

“For truck drivers, like me, it’s valuable for the motoring public to understand where the blind spots are, so I’m glad we were able to showcase each of the blind spots and give them tips on how to pass a truck safely,” said Share the Road Professional Truck Driver Allen Boyd of Walmart Transportation. “Without video, it can be hard to explain some of these safety concepts to other drivers, but it’s our job to do our best to promote safety in a way that’s easy for people to understand.”

The Share the Road program tours the country to promote safety on the highways by meeting with policy makers, schools groups, drivers’ education classes, members of the media and community networks.

Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc., and supported by TA-Petro, Pre-Pass, Hyundai Translead, OmniTracs, SmartDrive, Mack Leasing, P.S.I., and Bendix.  Follow Share the Road on Twitter and Facebook.[3][4][5][6]

American Trucking Associations[7] is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter[8] or on Facebook[9]Trucking Moves America Forward[10].


SOURCE American Trucking Associations


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Police: Motorcyclists Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries After Colliding With Truck

July 31, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KDLT) – Authorities say a motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after a collision with a pickup on Monday.

Authorities say a 1985 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling North on North 4th Avenue. A 2011 Nissan Frontier pickup was stopped on East Maple Street waiting to go through the intersection.

The pickup driver did not see the motorcycle and pulled out in front of it.  The motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the pickup and vaulted over the truck.  The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.

Authorities say the initial investigation shows that speed and drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

The truck driver is a 25-year -old Sioux Falls man and the motorcyclist is a 49-year-old Sioux Falls man.

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Fizzle or Sizzle? What’s Behind the Numbers For Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV)

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) has a Price to Book ratio of 16.037275. This ratio has been calculated by dividing the current share price by the book value per share. Investors may use Price to Book to display how the market portrays the value of a stock. Checking in on some other ratios, the company has a Price to Cash Flow ratio of 14.102818, and a current Price to Earnings ratio of 21.320142. The P/E ratio is one of the most common ratios used for figuring out whether a company is overvalued or undervalued.

Stock volatility is a percentage that indicates whether a stock is a desirable purchase.  Investors look at the Volatility 12m to determine if a company has a low volatility percentage or not over the course of a year.  The Volatility 12m of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) is 0.000000.  This is calculated by taking weekly log normal returns and standard deviation of the share price over one year annualized.  The lower the number, a company is thought to have low volatility.  The Volatility 3m is a similar percentage determined by the daily log normal returns and standard deviation of the share price over 3 months.  The Volatility 3m of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) is 23.536800.  The Volatility 6m is the same, except measured over the course of six months.  The Volatility 6m is 23.557400.

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The Price Index is a ratio that indicates the return of a share price over a past period. The price index of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) for last month was 1.01022. This is calculated by taking the current share price and dividing by the share price one month ago. If the ratio is greater than 1, then that means there has been an increase in price over the month. If the ratio is less than 1, then we can determine that there has been a decrease in price. Similarly, investors look up the share price over 12 month periods. The Price Index 12m for Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) is 1.39885.

Further, we can see that Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) has a Shareholder Yield of 0.000000 and a Shareholder Yield (Mebane Faber) of . The first value is calculated by adding the dividend yield to the percentage of repurchased shares. The second value adds in the net debt repaid yield to the calculation. Shareholder yield has the ability to show how much money the firm is giving back to shareholders via a few different avenues. Companies may issue new shares and buy back their own shares. This may occur at the same time. Investors may also use shareholder yield to gauge a baseline rate of return.

Checking in on some valuation rankings, Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) has a Value Composite score of 50. Developed by James O’Shaughnessy, the VC score uses five valuation ratios. These ratios are price to earnings, price to cash flow, EBITDA to EV, price to book value, and price to sales. The VC is displayed as a number between 1 and 100. In general, a company with a score closer to 0 would be seen as undervalued, and a score closer to 100 would indicate an overvalued company. Adding a sixth ratio, shareholder yield, we can view the Value Composite 2 score which is currently sitting at 51.

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) has a current MF Rank of 2993. Developed by hedge fund manager Joel Greenblatt, the intention of the formula is to spot high quality companies that are trading at an attractive price. The formula uses ROIC and earnings yield ratios to find quality, undervalued stocks. In general, companies with the lowest combined rank may be the higher quality picks.

There are many different tools to determine whether a company is profitable or not.  One of the most popular ratios is the “Return on Assets” (aka ROA).  This score indicates how profitable a company is relative to its total assets.  The Return on Assets for Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) is 0.095883.  This number is calculated by dividing net income after tax by the company’s total assets.  A company that manages their assets well will have a higher return, while a company that manages their assets poorly will have a lower return.

The Piotroski F-Score is a scoring system between 1-9 that determines a firm’s financial strength.  The score helps determine if a company’s stock is valuable or not.  The Piotroski F-Score of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) is 4.  A score of nine indicates a high value stock, while a score of one indicates a low value stock.  The score is calculated by the return on assets (ROA), Cash flow return on assets (CFROA), change in return of assets, and quality of earnings.  It is also calculated by a change in gearing or leverage, liquidity, and change in shares in issue.  The score is also determined by change in gross margin and change in asset turnover.

Investors may be interested in viewing the Gross Margin score on shares of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV). The name currently has a score of 50.00000. This score is derived from the Gross Margin (Marx) stability and growth over the previous eight years. The Gross Margin score lands on a scale from 1 to 100 where a score of 1 would be considered positive, and a score of 100 would be seen as negative.