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Out of Control Dump Truck With No Brakes Injures Two in North SLC Utah Accident

SALT LAKE CITY, UT. — Officials said that a dump truck driver hauling dirt and rocks lost control of his truck after descending a steep hill apparently due to no brakes, and crashed into a pickup truck and then flipped onto it’s side.

Photo shows dump truck accident in North Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 20, 2013. Photo: Brent Bement

Dump truck accident in North Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 20, 2013. Photo: Brent Bement

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Semi Truck Driver Convicted of Involuntary Manslaugter in Deadly LaCanada Flintridge Crash

PASADENA, CA – Marcos Costa, the 18 wheeler truck driver who killed two people on Angeles Crest Highway in 2008, was convicted on Friday, July 29, of involuntary manslaughter by a Pasadena jury.

Marcos Costa, center, reacts in a Pasadena courtroom to being acquitted of second degree murder.… (POOL PHOTO BY Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

Costa was charged with second-degree murder, after his runaway 18 wheeler semi truck swerved out of control down Angeles Crest Highway killing 12-year-old Angelina Posca, and her 58-year-old father, Angel George Posca of Palmdale. ... Read More

18 Wheeler Truck Driver Awaits Jury Verdict in Los Angeles Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES, CA — The fate of 46-year-old truck driver, Marcos Costa, is in the hands of a Los Angeles jury as he awaits their verdict for murder in the 18 wheeler crash that claimed the lives of a man and his twelve year old daughter and injuring three in June 2009.

Costa is charged with seven counts, including second-degree murder, after his runaway 18 wheeler semi truck swerved out of control down Angeles Crest Highway killing 12-year-old Angelina Posca, and her 58-year-old father, Angel George Posca of Palmdale. The victims were in a sedan that was struck by Costa’s truck when they were pushed along the roadway and struck by several other cars before the truck slammed into a bookstore. ... Read More

Texas Man Charged in Deadly Truck Accident Near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

VERSAILLES, PA – A semi driver received multiple charges after a deadly truck accident Tuesday, December 28, at a busy intersection in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The fatal crash happened when the truck driver slammed into a box truck after running a red light in Versailles, PA. The accident area is the southeast Pittsburgh metro region in the western part of the state, about 58 miles east of Steubenville, Ohio and about 62 miles north of Morgantown, West Virginia.

On Tuesday morning 42 year old Ezekwesiri Emmanuel Arukwe of Dallas, Texas was driving a semi trailer truck through Alleghany County, PA, headed north on Pennsylvania State Route 48. The driver was hauling several thousand pounds of steel pipes on the flatbed trailer section of his truck. At the time of the truck accident the driver was working for Builders Transportation Company, LLC, which is based out of Memphis, Tennessee. ... Read More

Los Angeles County Judge Dismisses Murder Charges Against Semi Truck Driver

PASADENA, CA – On Oct 9, 2009, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed murder charges against Marcos Costa, the 44 year old driver of a semi truck from Everett, Massachusetts who was involved in a tragic accident on April 1, 2009. In the semi truck accident, a 12-year-old girl and her father, Angel Posca, both of Palmdale, CA, were killed when the big rig crashed into their car. The semi truck came barreling down the hill on the Angeles Crest Highway striking their car, then continuing on through the Foothill Boulevard intersection in La Crescenta, Flintridge.

Marcos Costa in a Los Angeles County Courtroom

Marcos Costa in a Los Angeles County Courtroom

In the semi truck accident, the big rig’s brakes went out as Costa was coming down the Angeles Crest Highway approaching the intersection at Foothill Blvd. The big rig struck the vehicle carrying Posca and his daughter north of the intersection, then continued on down the hill colliding with several vehicles along the way. The truck came to a stop when it plowed into the Flintridge Bookstore.

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Below you can see the skid marks from the semi truck skidding to a stop in the Flintridge Bookstore.

Scene of the truck accident where the skid marks end in the Flintridge Bookstore

Scene of the truck accident where the skid marks end in the Flintridge Bookstore

Costa was originally charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Subsequently, a Los Angeles County grand jury returned an indictment of two counts of murder against him with additional charges of great bodily injury to be added to the vehicular manslaughter charges. Costa also had three counts of reckless driving, causing injury to three other victims.

Costa is being held in custody on $600,000 bail. Even though the murder charges have been dismissed, he still faces five charges of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving. Costa’s attorney, Steve Meister, said “This case was a tragic accident, not a murder.” If convicted, he faces more than eight years in prison.

In response to the tragic April 1st semi truck accident, immediately afterwards a 90-day ban was instituted prohibiting five-axle trucks from traversing the steep Angeles Crest Highway between the 210 Freeway and the Angeles Forest Highway. The temporary ban was made permanent at a later time.

Below is a Google street view of the scene of the accident at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Blvd. You can click and drag your mouse button and pan around and see the storefront of the Flintridge Bookstore where the semi truck came to a halt.

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Los Angeles truck accident lawyer for victims, Steve Gordon, talks about how How Bad Truck Brakes Cause Accidents. See video.

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