US 27 Near Frostproof Closed

About 1:45 p.m., Scott Divell, 45, of Clearwater was driving south on U.S. 27 in a semi-truck hauling a sailboat reported to be about 32 feet long, when the truck’s front tire blew out, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The truck veered off the road into the median and hit a guard rail just before a bridge near Lake Streety Road, the FHP said.

The impact caused the semi-truck to catch fire and the sailboat to partially detach.

Polk County Fire Rescue said the semi-truck trailer was destroyed and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a nearby creek. Hazmat crews are working to clean up the spill.

Divell received minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital, FHP said. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Ruhmann said the road is expected to be closed for several hours as crews clean up and investigate.

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising southbound drivers to detour onto Otto Polk Road to Frostproof Clay Pit Road to Avon Park Cutoff Road and then back onto U.S. 27. Northbound drivers are being directed onto South Scenic Highway.

Polk County Fire Rescue assisted the Frostproof Fire Department in extinguishing the fires. FHP is investigating.

This posting will be updated.

Semi-Truck Crash and Fire Closes U.S. 27 Lanes in Frostproof

About 1:45 p.m., Scott Divell, 45, of Clearwater was driving south on U.S. 27 in a semi-truck hauling a sailboat reported to be about 32 feet long, when the truck’s front tire blew out, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The truck veered off the road into the median and hit a guard rail just before a bridge near Lake Streety Road, the FHP said.

The impact caused the semi-truck to catch fire and the sailboat to partially detach.

Polk County Fire Rescue said the semi-truck trailer was destroyed and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a nearby creek. Hazmat crews are working to clean up the spill.

Divell received minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital, FHP said. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Ruhmann said the road is expected to be closed for several hours as crews clean up and investigate.

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising southbound drivers to detour onto Otto Polk Road to Frostproof Clay Pit Road to Avon Park Cutoff Road and then back onto U.S. 27. Northbound drivers are being directed onto South Scenic Highway.

Polk County Fire Rescue assisted the Frostproof Fire Department in extinguishing the fires. FHP is investigating.

This posting will be updated.

Truck Driver Killed In Long Island Bus Crash

The driver of a pickup truck has been killed after a head-on collision with a charter bus on Long Island.

Police say the crash took place around 9am local time at Albertson, in Nassau County, New York.

A police spokesman said the truck driver may have crossed a double-yellow line prior to the crash.

Pictures from the crash site showed emergency services working to free the bus driver from the wreckage.

Several ladders were perched on the side of the bus, reaching into the vehicle through the windows.

The bus appeared to have crashed into a tree after colliding with the truck.

At one point during the rescue operation, a stretcher is passed through a window.

One person has been taken from the scene of the crash on a stretcher.

The identity of the truck driver has yet to be released.

Suburban NY police probe truck-bus crash; 1 dead

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ALBERTSON, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say the driver of a pickup truck has been killed in a crash with a charter bus.

The accident in Albertson happened at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A police spokesman says rescue personnel were working to free the driver of the charter bus. There appeared to be only one passenger on the bus. That person’s condition was not immediately known.

The bus apparently veered into a tree following the collision.

Police say it appears the pickup truck may have crossed a double-yellow line and collided head-on with the bus.

The identity of the truck driver was not immediately released.

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1 killed in fiery crash on SW Freeway; witnesses tried to help

HOUSTON — Moments after a big rig collided with an SUV heading south on the Southwest Freeway near Chimney Rock, a chilling reality began to emerge on the feeder road below.

“We just heard a voice and we came out and we saw that,” said Mary Azari. Azari works at a furniture store and ran outside along with other people to help.

“And we brought a mattress,” said Azari. “We told him jump. And I think he was stuck under the car. He couldn’t jump.”

The crash occurred on the West Park Drive off ramp just south of Chimney Rock. Investigators said the U.S. Postal Service truck collided with an SUV and wedged it against the wall. The collision sparked a fire that brought traffic through the area to a standstill.

But back down on the feeder road were those frantic efforts to save a man’s life.

Sisters Georgiana and Christiana Roach will never forget what they saw. The man in that SUV died in those flames.

“We were out here shedding tears,” said Georgiana. “We don’t even know the guy, but we were out here crying.”

“I lost family member to a similar accident,” said Christiana. “It’s nothing that you want to go through. Nothing.”

Azari just knows she did all she could.

“I’m so sorry. I’m ashamed of myself. I’m so ashamed. We couldn’t save someone’s life.”

The trucker, a contract driver, was taken to the hospital. There was no mail on the truck.

Investigators with the Houston Police Department said that the driver of the SUV was driving erratically before the accident. His name has not been released at this time.

1 killed in fiery crash on Southwest Freeway; southbound lanes blocked

HOUSTON – A fiery crash shut down the southbound lanes of the Southwest Freeway just as rush hour was beginning Monday afternoon.

Officials said Monday evening they will not be able clear wreckage for a few more hours after they discovered that there is a fuel leak and the possibility of chemicals on board the truck.

A big rig and SUV burst into flames after they collided near Chimney Rock, according to the Houston Fire Department.

The vehicle was wedged between the truck and the concrete barrier and the cab of the big rig crashed into a pole.

One person inside the SUV was killed. Two others somehow managed to get out of the burning SUV and they were taken to area hospitals.

The trucker was also taken to the hospital.’

The truck is owned by the U.S. Postal Service and they confirmed a contract driver was at the wheel.

There was no mail on the truck.

All southbound lanes remain closed near Chimney Rock more than three hours after the crash.

Drivers should continue to avoid the area if possible.

1 killed as semi crashes into Kansas toll booth

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TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — A semi tractor-trailer crashed into an unmanned toll booth on the Kansas Turnpike in northeast Kansas, killing one person in the truck.


The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/P4gSEI ) a second person in the tractor-trailer was critically injured in the crash, which occurred early Saturday when the truck ran into the toll booth on westbound Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the truck was traveling at highway speeds and didn’t slow down before crashing into the toll booth. The truck’s engine landed about 50 yards from the booth. The victim, who was not identified, was ejected and declared dead at the scene.

The patrol says no one was in the booth, which are unmanned at night.

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Sheriff Issues Report of Crash Involving Deputy and Driver’s Right-of-Way Violation

Sheriff Issues Report of Crash Involving
Deputy and Driver’s Right-of-Way Violation

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Flagler County Sheriff's deputies were involved in two crashes in five days between last Thursday and Monday. In the foreground, the cruiser that was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist on Seminole Woods Boulevard last week, and behind it, the cruiser involved in Monday's collision with a pick-up truck driver on U.S. 1. (c FlaglerLive)

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in two crashes in five days between last Thursday and Monday. In the foreground, the cruiser that was involved in a collision with a motorcyclist on Seminole Woods Boulevard last week, and behind it, the cruiser involved in Monday’s collision with a pick-up truck driver on U.S. 1. (c FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday issued the crash report detailing the circumstances surrounding wreck involving a sheriff’s deputy and a Bunnell resident outside Grand Reserve in Bunnell.

Colby N. Mikloiche was cited for violating a right of way after Deputy John Bray, a 12-year veteran of the agency, rear-ended Mickloiche’s pick-up truck outside the entrance to Grand Reserve, on U.S. 1. The crash investigation, which is ongoing, was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. Michael van Buren.

Bray was at the wheel of his 2008 Ford Crown Victoria. Mickloiche, 19, a resident of Goldview Court, was driving a 2000 Ford F-350 pick-up truck.

Mickloiche told van Buren that he had just come out of the Grand Reserve subdivision, turning left onto the southbound lanes of U.S 1. Mickloiche said he took the left-side, or inside lane. He saw the sheriff’s cruiser but thought it was in the outside, right-hand lane “and must have been changing lanes to the inside,” the report states, “when the crash occurred.” The report notes that lighting conditions at 6:59 a.m., when the crash took place, were dark and without street lighting. “There is also a left hand turn lane that might have been mistaken by [Mickloiche] to be the inside” lane, the report states.

Bray, who was seriously injured in the crash and transported to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, where he underwent surgery, was not able to recall details of the crash when van Buren initially spoke to him.

The crash was witnessed by another driver, Albert Johnson of Palm Coast. Johnson told van Buren that he was traveling behind Bray’s cruiser since both had turned south onto U.S. 1 from White View Drive in Palm Coast. Johnson was in the outside lane at the time, Bray in the inside lane. As Bray approached Grand Reserve, Mickloiche’s pick-up pulled into the inside lane, according to Johnson, right in front of Bray. Johnson said Bray never applied the brakes, but “appeared to swerve right just prior to impact in an effort to avoid the collision.”

The point of impact was near the center line between the inside and outside lane, the report states, with scuff marks indicating that Bray was veering right at the point of impact. The left-front corner of the Crown Victoria struck the right-rear bumper of the pick-up truck. After the impact, the left side of the cruiser continued to scrape up the right side of the pick-up, cutting the pick-up’s right-rear tire striking the tool compartment. The truck bed of the pick-up “protruded” into the windshield of the deputy’s cruiser, contributing to Bray’s injuries.

The crash report states that Mickloiche was cited for “violation of right of way for entering the highway from a stop sign into [Bray's] travel lane when [Bray's cruiser] was approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

On Tuesday, the investigative deputy requested that the Florida Highway Patrol analyze deputy Bray’s cruiser’s black box for data that will show the speed at which he was traveling at the time of the collision. That analysis has not yet been produced.

Bray, the crash report notes from available evidence, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. (Florida has a mandatory seat belt law, with fines of $30 for failure to wear a seat belt.)

The investigation is ongoing. It is still not clear why the sheriff’s office, rather than Bunnell police or the Florida Highway Patrol, is conducting the investigation, though the sheriff’s office has done such investigations on its own personnel when it’s determined that the deputy driving is not at fault.

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Truck driver in Rt. 1 crash that killed S. Brunswick man had breath test result of …

Chuck Inman, in a 2005 file photo, at his home. Inman is the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger bike event that raises money for local charities. 
TRENTON — The driver of the
Mack truck that caused a fatal accident on Route 1 in West Windsor last week had a blood alcohol content of 0.07 percent, according to a breath test administered at the scene, prosecutors said yesterday.

Lorin Fisher, 65, has been charged with death by auto, driving while under the influence and aggravated assault by auto following the March 20 death of Charles Inman, 67, of South Brunswick, who was killed after the 2010 Mack truck Fisher was driving hit the back of his Lexus, which was stopped at a red light. An additional aggravated assault charge was added to account for the serious injuries sustained in the accident by Inman’s wife, Pamela, who is still in the hospital, Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Lew Korngut said.

While Fisher’s blood alcohol content read below the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Korngut said results of blood work are forthcoming. Fisher told police after the accident that he had had a shot of gin and a beer earlier that day, Korngut said.

He said Fisher told police he was attempting to stop at the red light on Route 1 at Harrison Street, where Inman’s Lexus was stopped, and that he didn’t see the car. Korngut also said it was possible a manslaughter charge could be filed against Fisher.

At a hearing yesterday morning, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez set a bail of $150,000 in cash, bond or property after listening to public defender Jenna Casper explain that Fisher lived with and was the primary caretaker for his 85-year-old mother in Philadelphia.

“If there were a single victim, it would be more appropriate for a lower range, but we have to account for both victims,” Jimenez said.

Inman was the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger event, a 200-mile bike ride that concludes in Trenton. Benefiting local hunger relief efforts, the event has raised $650,000 in the past 11 years, including $70,000 from the 2013 ride.


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Semi truck hits, kills woman, drives off

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — A young mother, 26 –year-old Brittany Hoatlin, died in a hit and run crash in Nassau County.

The deadly crash occurred on on U.S. 1 in Callahan Sunday night around 8:30 p.m.

Hoatlin worked at Dr. Jerome Weitzen’s office in downtown Jacksonville, and this week, things just aren’t the same there.

Office Manager Julie Apromollo hired Hoatlin, “She loved working down here. She was here for seven years.”

Hoatlin of Glen Saint Mary was very close to the staff there.

“She was very outgoing, loved being around people. She loved BBQ’s and cookouts and being with friends and family,” Apromollo recalled.

Apromollo said Sunday night Hoatlin and her fiancé were driving back from a wedding.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, their car was in an accident and was sitting in the outside lane of U.S. 1. Troopers say Hoatlin was standing in the road accessing the damage when a tractor trailer came up, swerved to avoid the car, but hit Hoatlin, and she died.

Witnesses say they saw the tractor trailer eventually pull over several hundred feet down the road, he got out of the truck, looked back and then got back in the truck and drove off.

Apromollo said, “No one knows what was going on in the truck driver’s head, if he even knew he hit her.”

According to the FHP, the driver may not face charges and may not know he even hit anyone. It can be dark on the road and it is not lit.

However, troopers want to find him. They are now looking for an orange tractor with a white trailer that was traveling south on U.S. 1 Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. in Callahan just South of M. Sikes Road.

As for Hoatlin reportedly standing in the road, another co-worker, Lisa Whitehead, indicated that’s out of character for a woman who was so careful walking around downtown Jacksonville.

“She would stop me and Tracy (another co-worker) several times,” Whitehead said. “She’d say, ‘Where are you going? There’s a car coming.’ She was very cautious. She always paid attention to what traffic was.”

Hoatlin leaves behind two little daughters, a fiancé, and an office of co-workers who were like family.

Tears welled up in Apromollo’s eyes, “I loved her very much. She was part of my family and I’ll miss her very much. “