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A temporary ban on big rigs after tragic truck crash

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Paramedics and firefighters tend to a victim of that deadly multiple vehicle/truck accident 04/01/09 Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times


Under pressure from local officials and residents, Caltrans yesterday issued a 90 day ban on big rigs along a treacherous stretch of Angeles Crest Highway. The ban came two days after a double-decker car carrier careened out of control and slammed into several vehicles at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway in La Canada Flintridge, before crashing into a bookstore and nail salon.

A Palmdale man and his daughter were killed. Around a dozen others were hurt. The big rig driver, 43-year-old Marcos Costa, suffered only minor injuries. He was arrested and yesterday charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. According to KNX 1070 newsradio, Costa’s bail was set at $200,000. He’s due to be arraigned on Monday, April 13.

The truck ban begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning. Meanwhile, some state lawmakers are working on legislation that would make the ban permanent.

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