Name of second victim in deadly Wytheville crash released

WYTHE COUNTY (WVVA) – The Virginia State Police has released more information regarding Tuesday morning’s deadly string of accidents on Interstate 81 in Wythe County.

Two people were killed and two others injured in the crashes that closed the interstate near the 60-mile marker.

Following is the latest news release from the State Police:

WYTHE CO., Va. – Two individuals were killed and two other individuals were injured in a series of traffic crashes on Interstate 81 near the 60 mile marker in Wythe County Tuesday morning (April 1, 2014).

At 3:23 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper G.A. Purvis was called to the scene of an overturned tractor-trailer on I-81. The tractor-trailer, which was loaded with laundry detergent, was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the road. The tractor-trailer overturned onto its side coming to rest across the median and left southbound lane of I-81. Its driver, Philip O. Emiabata, 53, of Pflugerville, Texas, suffered minor injuries. He was transported to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment. Emiabata has been charged with reckless driving.

Moments after the first crash, a 2000 Lexus SUV traveling south on I-81 struck the overturned tractor-trailer. The driver, Tanya D. Mann, 56, of Zirconia, N.C., died en-route to the hospital.

Within minutes of that crash, a second tractor-trailer headed north on I-81 struck a piece of guardrail in the roadway that had been damaged in the initial crash. Striking the guardrail caused this tractor-trailer to run off the left side of the road into the median. The tractor-trailer continued down between the north and southbound lanes of I-81, struck the edge of the interstate bridge and fell onto the highway underneath the interstate. When the tractor-trailer crashed onto Black Lick Road/Route 90, it caught fire.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, James R. Anderson, 34, of Decherd, Tenn., died at the scene. Its passenger, Jeremy W. Johnson, 36, of Tracy City, Tenn., was ejected from the sleeper cab and flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. This tractor-trailer was loaded with shrubbery.

The crash remains under investigation.

5 injured in 2-car crash on rural western NY road

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Updated: 9:15 am, Wed Apr 2, 2014.

5 injured in 2-car crash on rural western NY road

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SCIO, N.Y. (AP) — State police say five people are recovering from injuries suffered when two cars collided on a rural road in New York’s Southern Tier.

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Updated: 9:15 am.

Families of GM crash victims bring their anguish to Washington

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - Standing on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning in the path of an early spring breeze, Renee Trautwein tearfully braced herself to relive the worst morning of her life.
In a few hours, Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors (GM), would be pressed to answer why the largest U.S. automaker did not act sooner to fix an ignition switch defect that can suddenly leave certain models of its cars without power.
Trautwein’s daughter died in one of those cars, a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, in South Carolina on the morning of June 12, 2009 – an accident Trautwein had previously thought was caused by her daughter falling asleep at the wheel.
Since the recall of the vehicle earlier this year, Trautwein now believes the car lost power and was unable to be steered.
“The first question a parent asks when they lose a child is,’Did they suffer?’ And now I have to relive this and I have to know about her final seconds on this earth and the panic that she felt. And that’s very painful,” Trautwein said as she left a press conference held by auto safety groups, members of Congress and families of victims ahead of the hearing.
More than 20 other parents who lost children in the recalled cars traveled to Washington this week to attend the Congressional committee hearings investigating whether GM knowingly delayed a recall and put the safety of drivers in danger.
The group timed their visit around the hearings to put a face on the recall investigation and those responsible accountable.
The recalls, which now total nearly 2.6 million cars, includes all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made from 2003-2011.
The defect, caused by a weak ignition switch that can slip out of place, has been linked to at least 13 deaths.
Barra at the hearing hinted that GM may create a victims’ compensation fund, announcing it has retained Kenneth Feinberg, who recently oversaw the BP oil spill fund, to explore responses to families of the victims.
Trautwine said such a fund would only “pamper the situation,” and she would rather see the company’s leaders held accountable.
Testifying before Congress, Barra said she could not give lawmakers many answers about why GM waited more than a decade to recall the faulty vehicles. She pointed to an ongoing internal investigation.
“When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers,” Barra told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon.
Barra is due to appear before a Senate panel on Wednesday.
The parents gathered in Washington did not press Barra for answers but rather for action to prevent more loss of life.
The group met with Barra on Monday night at GM’s Washington offices and took turns telling her how each of their children were lost. Every parent was in tears and Barra dabbed her eyes with a Kleenex, said Laura Christian, who lost her daughter Amber Rose in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt crash in Maryland in 2005.
Christian told Reuters the group pressed Barra to mandate that the recalled cars are taken off the road, but that Barra declined to do so and claimed that the cars were safe if driven with light key rings.
Cherie Sharkey of New York lost her son Michael Sharkey when his 2006 Chevy Cobalt crashed and burst into flames. At the press conference on Tuesday morning, she held a picture taken just before the 2012 accident of the two of them dancing and smiling.
“ said sorry, but it wasn’t enough,” Sharkey said of her meeting with the CEO. “I look at this picture and I’m just completely not what I was anymore.” As the parents have put their stories in the public eye over the short two-day span in which Barra testifies, the group has gotten an up-close look at Washington-style public relations.
They have been rushed to meetings with members of Congress, live TV interviews, press conferences, congressional hearings, and closed-door meetings with government regulators.
Ken Rimer traveled from Wisconsin to honor his stepdaughter, Natasha Weigel, who died in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt crash in 2006. Before the trip, he told Reuters he didn’t know “how Washington works” and that he expected “to get pushed around.” But Rimer said running from place to place and sharing their stories has brought the group some solidarity.
“For those who lose a child, it’s a special club that no one wants to be a member of,” said Rimer.

Families of GM crash victims bring their anguish to Washington


WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – Standing on the lawn of the
U.S. Capitol on Tuesday morning in the path of an early spring
breeze, Renee Trautwein tearfully braced herself to relive the
worst morning of her life.

In a few hours, Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of
General Motors, would be pressed to answer why the
largest U.S. automaker did not act sooner to fix an ignition
switch defect that can suddenly leave certain models of its cars
without power.

Trautwein’s daughter died in one of those cars, a 2005 Chevy
Cobalt, in South Carolina on the morning of June 12, 2009 – an
accident Trautwein had previously thought was caused by her
daughter falling asleep at the wheel.

Since the recall of the vehicle earlier this year, Trautwein
now believes the car lost power and was unable to be steered.

“The first question a parent asks when they lose a child is,
‘Did they suffer?’ And now I have to relive this and I have to
know about her final seconds on this earth and the panic that
she felt. And that’s very painful,” Trautwein said as she left a
press conference held by auto safety groups, members of Congress
and families of victims ahead of the hearing.

More than 20 other parents who lost children in the recalled
cars traveled to Washington this week to attend the
congressional committee hearings investigating whether GM
knowingly delayed a recall and put the safety of drivers in
danger.

The group timed their visit around the hearings to put a
face on the recall investigation and those responsible
accountable.

The recalls, which now total nearly 2.6 million cars,
includes all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR,
Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made
from 2003-2011.

The defect, caused by a weak ignition switch that can slip
out of place, has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Barra at the hearing hinted that GM may create a victims’
compensation fund, announcing it has retained Kenneth Feinberg,
who recently oversaw the BP oil spill fund, to explore responses
to families of the victims.

Trautwine said such a fund would only “pamper the
situation,” and she would rather see the company’s leaders held
accountable.

Testifying before Congress, Barra said she could not give
lawmakers many answers about why GM waited more than a decade to
recall the faulty vehicles. She pointed to an ongoing internal
investigation.

“When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with
you, with our regulators, and with our customers,” Barra told a
House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon.

Barra is due to appear before a Senate panel on Wednesday.

The parents gathered in Washington did not press Barra for
answers but rather for action to prevent more loss of life.

The group met with Barra on Monday night at GM’s Washington
offices and took turns telling her how each of their children
were lost. Every parent was in tears and Barra dabbed her eyes
with a Kleenex, said Laura Christian, who lost her daughter
Amber Rose in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt crash in Maryland in 2005.

Christian told Reuters the group pressed Barra to mandate
that the recalled cars are taken off the road, but that Barra
declined to do so and claimed that the cars were safe if driven
with light key rings.

Cherie Sharkey of New York lost her son Michael Sharkey when
his 2006 Chevy Cobalt crashed and burst into flames. At the
press conference on Tuesday morning, she held a picture taken
just before the 2012 accident of the two of them dancing and
smiling.

” said sorry, but it wasn’t enough,” Sharkey said of
her meeting with the CEO. “I look at this picture and I’m just
completely not what I was anymore.”

As the parents have put their stories in the public eye over
the short two-day span in which Barra testifies, the group has
gotten an up-close look at Washington-style public relations.

They have been rushed to meetings with members of Congress,
live TV interviews, press conferences, congressional hearings,
and closed-door meetings with government regulators.

Ken Rimer traveled from Wisconsin to honor his stepdaughter,
Natasha Weigel, who died in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt crash in 2006.
Before the trip, he told Reuters he didn’t know “how Washington
works” and that he expected “to get pushed around.”

But Rimer said running from place to place and sharing their
stories has brought the group some solidarity.

“For those who lose a child, it’s a special club that no one
wants to be a member of,” said Rimer.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards, Editing by Karey Van Hall, Bernard
Orr)

Two injured in Fayette County crash

SCARBRO (WVVA) – Two people were airlifted after a truck lost control, striking a parked car and a building in Fayette County Tuesday.

The crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Route 15 and WV Route 612 near Shirley’s Market in the Scarbro area.

Authorities say a Chevy Silverado truck owned by Cole Auto Parts of Bluefield apparently ran over several street signs at the intersection, continued across the parking lot of Shirley’s Market, struck a Chevy Impala that was parked in the lot then hit the foundation of another building, Shirley’s Tanning Salon.

The driver of the pickup, Christopher Plummer, 36, of Cool Ridge and the driver of the Impala, Vanessa McGinnis, 45 of Scarbro were both transported from the scene by EMS then airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Both were conscious and alert.

“The impact of this crash was quite severe,” Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

Kessler said both vehicles sustained significant damage.

Kessler said speed may be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.

RI man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal Attleboro crash

Kwolek Arraignment GN

Kwolek Arraignment GN

Jason A. Kwolek, 32, of Pawtucket listens during his arraignment in Attleboro District Court last September. (Staff photo by Mike George)



Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1:17 pm
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Updated: 2:43 pm, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

RI man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal Attleboro crash

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FALL RIVER — A Rhode Island driver accused of driving drunk and causing the death of a 24-year-old North Attleboro woman, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case.


Judge Renee Dupuis accepted the guilty plea of Jason A. Kwolek, 34, of Pawtucket, in Fall River Superior Court during a change of plea hearing today.

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Updated: 2:43 pm.

Vehicle fire, then crash close Pa. turnpike lanes

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:57 am
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Updated: 9:07 am, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

Vehicle fire, then crash close Pa. turnpike lanes

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DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) — The westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Somerset and Donegal were expected to reopen at dawn after a vehicle fire and a related crash closed them overnight.

The lane restrictions began the vehicle fire was reported about 9:45 p.m. Monday at mile marker 100.

But the situation got worse after a turnpike service truck responded to the scene, only to be hit by a tractor-trailer which caught fire shortly after 10:30 p.m.

That prompted officials to close the westbound turnpike between Somerset, at mile marker 110, and Donegal, and mile marker 91.

Crews expected to have the road clear by daybreak Tuesday.

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Updated: 9:07 am.

Vehicle fire, then crash close Pa. turnpike lanes – The Courier

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Updated: 10:00 am, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

Vehicle fire, then crash close Pa. turnpike lanes

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DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) — The westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Somerset and Donegal were expected to reopen at dawn after a vehicle fire and a related crash closed them overnight.


The lane restrictions began the vehicle fire was reported about 9:45 p.m. Monday at mile marker 100.

But the situation got worse after a turnpike service truck responded to the scene, only to be hit by a tractor-trailer which caught fire shortly after 10:30 p.m.

That prompted officials to close the westbound turnpike between Somerset, at mile marker 110, and Donegal, and mile marker 91.

Crews expected to have the road clear by daybreak Tuesday.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:57 am.

Updated: 10:00 am.

Maine man dies in head-on crash on Route 1

April 1

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

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ORLAND — Police say a 21-year-old man has died in a head-on crash on U.S. Route 1 in Orland, and the weather may have been a factor.

Authorities say the victim was headed north just after 4 p.m. Monday when he lost control and his car crossed the center line, colliding head-on with another vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Names were not immediately available.

The crash remains under investigation but police say roads were slushy and icy at the time.

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Police: 1 dead in head-on crash in Orland

ORLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man has died in a head-on crash on U.S. Route 1 in Orland, and the weather may have been a factor.

Authorities say the victim was headed north just after 4 p.m. Monday when he lost control and his car crossed the center line, colliding head-on with another vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Names were not immediately available.

The crash remains under investigation but police say roads were slushy and icy at the time.