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Update: Driver in fatal Longview accident alert and recovering

LONGVIEW – Longview Police are still investigating Friday night’s accident in the 300 block of N. Eastman Rd. 

Police say at 8:30pm a pickup truck was turning Southbound on N. Eastman Rd. when a Camaro collided. The pickup truck driver, 32 year old Christa Tamara Wilson from Harleton, was ejected out of the video and sent to the hospital. 

The Camaro driver, 19 year old Chad Palmer Malone of Longview, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. His front seat passenger, 17 year old Rylee Malone was taken to the hospital for life threatening injuries. 

The backseat passenger, 17 year old Meshebia Renee Johnson, died at the scene. Johnson was a senior at Pine Tree High School. 

Chad Malone’s best friend Hayden Cox, tells us he is alert and recovering at the hospital. 

The entire family is asking the community to pray for all those involved in the accident. 

Longview Police are still investigating this fatal accident. 

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UPDATE: Man hit by 18-wheeler on I-75 identified

A 39-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning after being hit by a semi-truck and several other vehicles.

Bibb Coroner Leon Jones identified the victim as Bradford Johnson and says he would have turned 40 tomorrow.

Jones says Johnson was staying with a friend off Sardis Church Road and was driving when his car broke down, so he started walking home.

According to a Bibb Sheriff’s Office news release, the pedestrian struck call near the Sardis Church Road exit came in around 2:30 a.m.

A semi-truck driver told deputies he thought he hit a deer. He stopped to see what it was and realized he hit a person that was crossing the road.

The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been made at this time.

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Driver killed in crash involving dump truck identified

Grey County OPP have identified the man killed in a crash on Highway 6 in Southgate on Friday.

Police say it happened when the man’s vehicle crossed the centre line on the Highway, and ended up crashing right into the side of a dump truck.

The driver, 39-year-old Robert Cher of London, was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver of the dump truck was uninjured, and their investigation is ongoing.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 24, 2017

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The tools of Dallas Rutledge’s 60-year trade range from his first truck, right, to his current Decker Trucking big rig, left.

DALLAS RUTLEDGE was recently recognized for 60 years of safe, accident-free driving by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Try telling his grandkids that’s a good thing.

“Sometimes they get agitated because he goes the speed limit,” said his wife, LINDA. “He’s a very good, cautious driver. They want him to speed up.”

About 70 family and friends gathered in Urbana on Saturday to celebrate Dallas’ retirement as a commercial truck driver. Since getting behind the wheel in 1957, he’s racked up an estimated 5 million miles trucking loads to 48 states and five Canadian provinces. In that span, he’s been ticketed twice — once for going 58 in a 55 mph zone — and has never had an accident.

“You just have to stay on your toes the whole time and watch people,” Dallas said. “I don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t do a lot of those things other drivers do.

“And I was taught early on to pull over and take a nap when you’re tired.”

Dallas, a longtime Kraft Foods driver, has another week with Decker Trucking in Philo before officially retiring. Not that he’ll plop on the couch after that. He’ll keep busy by hauling corn and beans for farming family members. Linda said he’d make the perfect courtesy driver at an area car dealership.

“If he had to stop driving, that’d drive him nuts,” she said.

That’s why Dallas renewed his license earlier this week, clearing the way for at least four more years.

“I tried a factory job once, so I could get home for dinner,” he said, “but that inside stuff wasn’t my life. It’s been a good life for me. Never wanted to do anything else.”

Rule spawns electronic-log supply sector

With about three months until electronic logging devices are required in every commercial big rig, carriers and truck drivers have found that dozens of new companies have popped up to meet the technology demand.
More than 100 companies are promising el…

Dodge Co. Sheriff seeks pick-up truck driver for hit and run

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TOWNSHIP OF HUSTISFORD, Wis. – The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding the driver of a pick-up truck on South Highway 60 near CTR in the Township of Hustisford.

It happened at 8:34 p.m. 

Police say a motorcycle traveling eastbound was sideswiped by a pick-up truck that was merging lanes. 

The operator and passenger of the motorcycle were both thrown from the vehicle. Neither were wearing helmets.

The truck fled the scene, and was last seen continuing eastbound on South Highway 60.

The driver was take by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the passenger was airlifted to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

identities of the two are being witheld for now.

The pick-up truck is described as a Ford Super Duty truck, white or silver, possibly a 3/4 ton, side mirrors with marker lights, and as a newer model.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have any information is asked to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department.

Zim truck driver faces charges over bond coin leak

Harare – A Zimbabwe truck driver who shared pictures of a bond coin invoice may be charged under the Official Secrets Act.

State media says police are investigating 32-year-old Tinashe Sikwila for sharing pictures of an invoice for freshly-minted bond coins he was tasked with transporting from South Africa last week.

According to a signed confession quoted by the state-run Herald[1], Sikwila has admitted to taking a picture of the invoice from the South African Mint Company, which showed that 126 drums of the coins, valued at three million US dollars, had been purchased.

The driver allegedly shared the information with friends, colleagues and family on social media.

Official Secrets

“The RBZ (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) has since reported the matter to the Zimbabwe Republic Police where Sikwila is expected to be charged with violating the Official Secrets Act,” said the Herald.

“It is also understood that while communicating with his friends, Sikwila disclosed the registration numbers of cars escorting the truck and the type of rifles being used by the police, putting security of the consignment at risk,” the paper added.

The paper says that when the consignment arrived at the central bank in Harare, phones were confiscated from each member of the escort “and Sikwila was unmasked as the culprit.”

Deepening crisis

Late last year the state-owned POSB was fined half a million US dollars after some workers leaked pictures of new bond notes on social media before the notes were officially released on November 28.

Bond coins and bond notes circulate as a surrogate currency inside Zimbabwe. Officially they have the same value as the US dollar, though they can’t be used outside the country.

The authorities in Zimbabwe have announced plans to release up to 300 million dollars’ worth of extra bond notes, in addition to the 200 million already in circulation. The move has raised concern the extra cash will fuel the black market in scarce foreign currency.

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is deepening, with rising prices and reports of fuel shortages, echoing a similar economic crisis that peaked in 2007-2008. On Saturday a News24 reporter was given cash back in a supermarket in Harare – but the maximum amount on offer was just 2 US. In bond notes.


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ATV-Driving Teenager Dies In Wreck With Truck


A 16-year-old from Paden, Oklahoma is dead after his ATV ran into a truck Saturday afternoon. 

The two cars were traveling opposite directions on County Road E970 in Okfuskee County when they made impact at the top of a hill. 

The teenager swerved the Yamaha ATV and went into a broad slide before hitting the truck. It flipped an unknown amount of times before the teen was ejected, landing about 12 feet away. 

The driver of the truck, 68-year-old Alvin Perry, was not injured in the crash. 

The teen was not wearing a helmet.