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California man accused of driving in Oldham County with meth in truck​

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. —

A California truck driver is in jail in Oldham County, accused of driving through the state with millions of dollars worth of meth in his truck.

Alberto Madrigal is facing felony drug trafficking charges.

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Kentucky State Police pulled the Los Angeles man over on I-71 in Crestwood this week and found 60 to 70 pounds of meth mixed in with his load.

Investigators estimate the drugs are worth more than $2 million.

Police said Madrigal was headed to Ohio.

Madrigal is being held on a $25,000 bond and will be in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

Two lorry drivers ‘involved in scuffle’ after crashing on M62

Two lorry drivers were involved in a scuffle at the side of the M62 motorway – with cars on the other side crashing as they drove past.

Police say two separate smashes were responsible for rush hour delays on one the busiest days the year, the ‘great getaway’ after the end of the school term.

Police are investigating whether the second crash may have occurred as a result of ‘rubbernecking’ – people slowing down to look at the incident on the opposite side.

The drama unfolded on the M62 at around 3:45pm on Friday after two HGV’s were involved on the eastbound carriageway near junction 21 for Milnrow and Shaw.

GMP say they were first called to reports someone had been assaulted.

When officers attended they found the lorries had been involved in a collision, and that the two male drivers had been involved in a confrontation afterwards.

Officers quickly diffused the situation and stopped traffic whilst they dealt with the aftermath. No arrests were made.

Paramedic attended as the men reported having suffered injuries. They were checked over but neither required hospital treatment.

However the commotion was followed just 20 minutes later by a second, separate smash on the opposite side.

Four cars were involved in the pile-up on the westbound stretch near junction 22 for Oldham/Denshaw at 4:05pm.

The driver of one of the cars abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene. It is believed he may have got into another car on the motorway which then drove off.

Firefighters already on the scene attended to the occupants of the other three cars. However it’s understood no one was seriously injured. The missing driver has not yet been located.

Traffic was held for around 40 minutes on the eastbound side, heading towards Leeds, whilst the vehicles were recovered and carriageway cleared and all lanes were re-opened after hour.

However at the height of the incident, the motorway was completely gridlocked with queues stretching back more than 10 miles, including back onto the M60.

It was several hours before the delays started to clear and traffic began to get back to normal.

Video shows carnage on road as truck drags car smashing into everything in its path

This is the shocking moment a stolen 18-tonne lorry crashes through a residential street leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

The vehicle is seen crashing its way down Hadfield Street in Oldham where it crushes cars and overturns vehicles.

A total of 14 were wrecked during the carnage.

Stunned residents have been left counting the cost of damage caused to their cars and properties, with garden walls also collapsed.

Fortunately no-one was seriously injured, although there were reports of some people nearby suffering cuts and grazes from flying glass.

It’s understood the lorry was taken from Si Tech builders yard in Oldham at around 7am on Wednesday morning and was later driven down the quiet residential street with devastating results.

The vehicle was later found dumped in the Hulse Estate area of Oldham and torched.

The video shows one neighbour looking down the street before moving away from the road, shortly before the lorry bursts down the road, taking out the side of a blue van.

Crashing through parked vehicles, the grabbing arm on the back of the lorry, which had been resting against the firm’s office door as an anti-theft measure, violently swings round.

It then flips over two vehicles and one car – a blue Vauxhall Corsa – which is dragged 50m down the road to be embedded in the front wall of a neighbour’s home.

Another 11 were also damaged in the incident, many of them beyond repair, as the lorry made off before it was dumped in the Hulse Estate area and set alight.

The resident who filmed the footage on a fixed CCTV camera told the Manchester Evening News how neighbours were still in shock over what had happened.

He said: “We are still trying to come to terms with it.

Everyone has been out on the street comforting each other and trying to be there for each other. It’s the one good thing that’s come of it.”

Earlier in the week residents described their horror over the incident.

Mavis Pellowe, 76 was the owner of the Blue Vauxhall, that was thrown through neighbour, Divya Gorisia’s, wall.

She said: “I heard a bang and looked out of my window and there was no car there. I thought it had been pinched, then I came out and saw it had been embedded in the wall down the road.

“The main thing is no one has been hurt, mine was a lovely blue car but you can mend cars. It’s over now, normally it’s such a nice street.”

Police had arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. He’s now been released pending further enquiries.

Detectives say they’re still appealing for information about the case.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Curse of the white van man

A WHITE van man has been caught driving into a lorry on the M60 slip road in Oldham while using his mobile phone.

The Ford Transit driver was so distracted by his call he failed to realise he had driven into the HGV and raced off without stopping.

The driver’s insurers were landed with a hefty repair bill from the lorry’s owner.

Under new driver distraction laws, the man could face six points on his licence and a £200 fine after dash-cam footage identified him through his registration plate.

Footage from the incident was released by in-vehicle CCTV firm VisionTrack to highlight the continuing problem of drivers flouting the law by using their phones behind the wheel.

The video is available in the Oldham Chronicle’s online version of this story.

VisionTrack enterprise manager Phil Morrell said: “What is so disturbing about this footage is that the van driver was so wrapped up in his mobile phone call he wasn’t even aware that he had smashed into the lorry.

“He only found out he was in trouble when he was presented with the dashcam footage later.”

The new footage from the incident last month showed the Transit driver travelling illegally for at least 300 metres while talking on his mobile at the busy junction.

Substantial repairs were required on the lorry due to damage to the bodywork, front headlamp and front grill after it was hit by the 3.5 tonne van.

In March, the penalty for driving with a mobile phone was doubled to six licence points and a £200 fine.

Around 72,000 drivers are penalised every year for using their phones behind the wheel, according to Department for Transport figures.

Research also shows that drivers who are distracted by a phone are up to 25 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Mr Morrell added: “It is absolutely certain that mobile phone distraction will lead to more deaths on UK roads unless we crack down on this now.

“It should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving but motorists still do it routinely when they are behind the wheel even when they have passengers.

“Department for Transport figures show that far, far more drivers are using mobiles while behind the wheel than drink driving. Yet there is strong evidence to suggest that it is just as dangerous.”

Latest figures show that there are 3,884 convictions a year for drinking driving.

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Vision Track dashcam catches mobile using driver in collision

A white van man has been caught causing a collision with a fleet lorry, while talking on his mobile phone, on a Vision Track dashcam.

The Renault Master van driver was distracted by his phone call and collided into the HGV and raced away without stopping.The collision happened on a M60 slip road slip road near Oldham.

He was presented with the footage, identifying him as the guilty party by his registration plate.His insurers were issued a repair bill by the HGV’s owner and he faces six points on his licence and a £200 fine.

The footage, filmed last month, has been released by in-vehicle CCTV firm Vision Track to highlight the continuing problem of drivers flouting the law by using their mobiles behind the wheel despite a recent Government clampdown.

The footage was uploaded remotely to the Vision Track cloud saving the fleet time and money by not having to bring the lorry back to base to recover the footage. The lorry needed substantial repairs due to damage to the bodywork, front headlamp and front grill.

Vision Track’s enterprise manager Phil Morrell said: “What is so disturbing about this footage is that the van driver was so wrapped up in his mobile phone call he wasn’t even aware that he had smashed into the lorry. He only found out he was in trouble when he was presented with the dashcam footage later.

“It is absolutely certain that mobile phone distraction will lead to more deaths on UK roads unless we crack down on this now.

“It should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving but motorists still do it routinely when they are behind the wheel even when they have passengers.

“Department for Transport figures show that far, far more drivers are using mobiles while behind the wheel than drink driving. Yet there is strong evidence to suggest that it is just as dangerous.”

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VisionTrack dashcam captures lorry smash footage

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A white van man is caught on VisionTrack dashcam footage causing a smash with a lorry while chatting on his mobile phone. The Renault Master van driver was so distracted by his phone call that he didn’t even realise that he had driven into the HGV at a motorway intersection – and he raced away [&hellip…

A white van man is caught on VisionTrack dashcam footage causing a smash with a lorry while chatting on his mobile phone.


The Renault Master van driver was so distracted by his phone call that he didn’t even realise that he had driven into the HGV at a motorway intersection – and he raced away without stopping.

The van driver got a nasty surprise when he was presented with the footage which clearly identified him as the guilty party by his registration plate.

His insurers were landed with a big repair bill by the HGV’s owner.

And now the white van man faces getting six points on his licence and a £200 fine under tough new driver distraction laws.

The footage has been released by in-vehicle CCTV firm 
VisionTrack to highlight the continuing problem of drivers flouting the law by using their mobiles behind the wheel despite a recent Government clampdown.
Research shows that being distracted by a phone while driving can make a driver up to 25 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

Department for Transport figures show 72,000 drivers a year are penalised for using their mobiles behind the wheel.
Latest figures show that there are 3,884 convictions a year for drinking driving.

VisionTrack enterprise manager Phil Morrell said: “What is so disturbing about this footage is that the van driver was so wrapped up in his mobile phone call he wasn’t even aware that he had smashed into the lorry.

“He only found out he was in trouble when he was presented with the dashcam footage later.
“It is absolutely certain that mobile phone distraction will lead to more deaths on UK roads unless we crack down on this now. 

“It should be as socially unacceptable as drink driving but motorists still do it routinely when they are behind the wheel even when they have passengers.

“Department for Transport figures show that far, far more drivers are using mobiles while behind the wheel than drink driving. Yet there is strong evidence to suggest that it is just as dangerous.”

The new VisionTrack dashcam footage happened on a M60 slip road slip road near Oldham.

The footage from the HGV’s 
VisionTrack VT2000 3G camera showed the Renault van driver travelling illegally for at least 300 metres while talking on his mobile phone at the busy intersection.
His 3.5 tonne van is the largest vehicle that can be driven legally on a regular UK’s driver’s licence without a specialist HGV test.

The footage was uploaded remotely to the VisionTrack cloud saving the fleet time and money by not having to bring the lorry back to base to recover the footage.

The lorry needed substantial repairs due to damage to the bodywork, front headlamp and front grill.

In March, new penalties came into force aimed at discouraging people from using their mobile phones while driving.
The penalties doubled – six points on the licence instead of three and a £200 fine. 

Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczy, from Harrogate, North Yorks, was jailed for four and a half years in March for ploughing into the back of 21-year-old Jodie Moss’s stationary car on the A34 in Chieveley, Berks, and killing her while he was choosing music on his mobile phone.
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