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Monday, January 25, 2010
Tanker Truck Explodes in Long Island
Early Saturday, January 23, a tanker truck delivering fuel from Brooklyn to Long Island attempted to pass a car on the Long Island Expressway. The vehicle had slowed down due to mechanical problems and was preparing to pull onto the shoulder when the tanker truck driver attempted to veer around the car, but hit it instead. The tanker rolled over and exploded, killing the driver of the tanker truck.
The driver of the car was pulled from the vehicle by a passerby. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released.
The tanker driver was described as a 50-year-old man. Kittery Transport of Maine owned the tanker.
Emergency crews reportedly struggled for three hours to put out the flames with foam. Westbound lanes of the expressway reopened in the early evening, but the eastbound lanes remained closed.
Every year, hundreds of people are injured and killed due to commercial truck accidents. While a majority of these accidents injure, maim, and kill the occupants of the smaller vehicles, truck drivers are often crushed or trapped in their rigs and die of their injuries.
posted by Neil at 11:14 AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Former Coney Island Strong Man Struck by Vehicle
A 104-year-old former Coney Island, New York strong man was struck and killed by a minivan on Monday, January 11 while on his morning walk. The man, Joe Rollino, was crossing Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn just before 7:00am when the accident occurred.
Rollino was taken to Lutheran Medical Center with fractures to his ribs, chest, face, and pelvis, as well as head trauma. He died later that day.
Rollino claimed he walked five miles every day, rain or shine. He avoided cigarettes, alcohol, and meat. At the peak of his strength, he weighed anywhere between 125 and 150 pounds and stood 5-foot-5. Some of his accomplishments include lifting 475 pounds using only his teeth, biting down on and then bending quarters with his thumb, raising 635 pounds with one finger (what he once said was his proudest moment), and moving 3200 pounds with his back.
He was not officially the world's strongest man, but pound for pound was among the strongest. He had an incredible life and was among the legends of New York City. All of this gone in one accident.
Authorities say the woman who struck Rollino was not charged and that drugs and alcohol were not factors. She was given a summons for a defective horn. Rollino was not walking in the crosswalk when he was struck.
posted by Neil at 11:01 AM
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