Fatal big-rig crash sparks truck ban

LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE, Calif. The city was pointing fingers at /*Caltrans*/ saying they wanted a ban on trucks along /*Angeles Crest Highway*/. On Friday, the city got what they wanted.

The big-rig, hauling an empty car trailer, was speeding down Angeles Crest Highway on Wednesday night. It lost its brakes and crashed into five cars and then barreled into a bookstore. A father and his 12-year-old daughter from Palmdale were killed in their car. 12 others were injured and taken to the hospital.

The truck driver, /*Marcos Costa*/, 43, of Everett, Mass., was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving.

The truck ban was announced on Friday morning and will go into effect on Monday, April 6 at midnight. That will give Caltrans officials enough time to put up signs and notify trucking associations.

"During those 90 days we will continue to work with interested parties -- city of La Canada-Flintridge, the trucking association, other parties like the city of Wrightwood ... how these things will impact … as we look at additional measures beyond just the temporary truck restriction," said Doug Failing, Caltrans.

"We're not here to sit here and say … point fingers anymore. This is about solving the problem," said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, (D-La Canada-Flintridge). "And, you've heard everybody agree that - certainly - enforcement is part of the solution; certainly the ban is a part of the solution; certainly the mitigating measures are part of the solution."

The /*California Highway Patrol*/ has been informed to have extra enforcement out on Angeles Crest Highway during the 90-day truck ban. City officials and Caltrans will be looking to see how things go during that period so they can determine whether the ban will become permanent.

Costa, the truck driver, has been charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with Wednesday's crash. His arraignment was postponed until April 13.



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