Court to get homicide case in fatal c...

Court to get homicide case in fatal container accident

There are 14 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 11, 2009, titled Court to get homicide case in fatal container accident. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The tractor-trailer that hit a Route 22 overpass in November, sending a cargo container crashing into a vehicle behind it and killing the driver, had a load that was almost a foot higher than the legal limit in Pennsylvania , state police say.

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Lisa G

Slatington, PA

#1 Aug 11, 2009
I really can't believe he made it that far.He went under numerous overpasses. Whoever loaded this should have known better too. The truck driver can also refuse the load if he thinks he is overweight or too high. It is actually up to the driver to make sure that it is at the right height,chained down on all 4 sides, before he heads on his journey.Most companies are just worried to get there shipment to the place on time. This really was a freak accident. I feel sorry for the woman's family. At the same time I feel sorry for the truck driver.
Charlie

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Aug 11, 2009
Where is the company in all this mess? Do they just get a slap on the wrist or what? Haven't really said anything about them.

Rip to the person who was killed
shorty4sure

Stroudsburg, PA

#3 Aug 11, 2009
i can't believe it. he made it from california all the way here and no d.o.t. check points for only two chains or height check
Stupid Attorney

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 11, 2009
Glenn Goodge is a total Ahole!
Allentown guy

Lansdale, PA

#5 Aug 11, 2009
Sad story all around but there are honest lessons to be learned.

Perhaps it's time to revise the drivers license program for both cars and CDL's. The naked truth is that both the driver and owner had neither the education, experience or intelligence to see the problem before it exploded into a fatality.

The drivers education process,for both cars and CDL's, is antiquated and needs a serious change in direction.

It is suited for teens learning to drive. It is NOT suited for adult folks coming from other countries and hitting the higways after a quickie driving test. Without apprenticing their driving skills as youth did for many decades, the current process is a ticking time bomb.
Les in the Pocs

Danville, PA

#6 Aug 11, 2009
The driver of the truck is ultimately to blame.

Case-closed. He's guilty, and should never be allowed to drive a commercial vehicle again.
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#7 Aug 11, 2009
Agree with most of what was posted above. But here's the 'show-stopper' for me:

''Police said Kostadinov also told them he wasn't aware of the height measurements of the container he was hauling or of height restrictions in Pennsylvania.''

Huh ? Not aware of either ? How can you be a legitimate truck driver, and do that ?

Plus - 14 ft. 5 in. to the top of the load - agree that probably wouldn't clear some of the other bridges that he went under. What's really strange to me here is a 4 ft. 11 in. trailer deck - the standard height is 3 ft. 8 in., I thought. Why was this one so much higher ? Was it the curve downwards/ camber in the trailer so that it would be flat or level when under load, instead of sagging ? And whoever assigned and loaded that trailer with this container - weren't they aware of or consider the unusual height of the trailer ? Also agree that people at the trucking company are involved and really should be charged as well - the truck driver should not be the only 'fall guy'/'whipping boy' for this one.
yougottabekiddin g

Horsham, PA

#9 Aug 11, 2009
All LSA (Land-Sea-Air) containers are a standard size, and they're supposed to be hauled on trailers specifically designed for that purpose, not on a conventional flat-bed trailer. LSA trailers have a lower bed height and locking pins on all 4 corners to hold the container down. Anyone with a legitimate CDL knows this -- It's on the test!
This is gross negligence on the part of the driver, and the a-hole(s) that loaded it. They probably didn't have a container truck available at the time, and found some idiot with a flat-bed willing to take the container across the country for them. The knew the driver would be held responsible if anything happened, so they just loaded him up and sent him on his way.
All parties involved should be charged.
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Keyport, NJ

#10 Aug 11, 2009
His attorney, Glenn M. Goodge, called the accident a ''truly tragic set of circumstances'' but contends it was a result of oversight on the height restrictions by other people.

You got tragic right, but let me ask you Glen, who is responsible for the load?
Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Keyport, NJ

#11 Aug 11, 2009
This whole story stinks. 100% avoidable negligence on the part of the driver and 100% trucking company's ultimate financial burden. This woman's family wants their loved one back but that's impossible. They should come after the trucking company and the driver until itís all gone.
Winston

North Andover, MA

#12 Aug 11, 2009
Allentown guy wrote:
Sad story all around but there are honest lessons to be learned.
Perhaps it's time to revise the drivers license program for both cars and CDL's. The naked truth is that both the driver and owner had neither the education, experience or intelligence to see the problem before it exploded into a fatality.
The drivers education process,for both cars and CDL's, is antiquated and needs a serious change in direction.
It is suited for teens learning to drive. It is NOT suited for adult folks coming from other countries and hitting the higways after a quickie driving test. Without apprenticing their driving skills as youth did for many decades, the current process is a ticking time bomb.
Your a ticking bore bomb.
Winston

North Andover, MA

#13 Aug 11, 2009
Big Blue Wrecking Crew wrote:
This whole story stinks. 100% avoidable negligence on the part of the driver and 100% trucking company's ultimate financial burden. This woman's family wants their loved one back but that's impossible. They should come after the trucking company and the driver until itís all gone.
Well GOOD for you.
Hoser

Allentown, PA

#14 Aug 11, 2009
Typical attorney BS. They do get paid to lie and twist the truth. This guy should be put away for a very long time. Along with the idiot dispatcher who ok'd the load, and the other idiots who loaded him and sent him down the road.

Anyone who believes this happened because a sign was incorrect, by a couple inches, or somehow wants to believe these people, all of them, are not responsible, are ridiculous!!!
Trucker Ducker

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Aug 11, 2009
This only the most graphic of the constant violations of driving good sense that is foisted upon the public by the truckers and the trucking industry.

The clearest point made above is that this fatality waiting to happen was not stopped at any check-point prior to hitting this bridge. That comment speaks to the almost total lack of enforcement of regulations put in place for public safety. This is the clear result of "self-policing" by the industry which was the standard approach of the Federal government for the past 8 years.

Deserved as a guilty verdict would be, it will not correct the basic problem, which is woeful lack of enforcement of laws on the books. Until the state cops and the federal regulators actually start doing their job of cracking down on renegade truckers, we are just waiting for the next murder on the road.

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