Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008
Trash-hauling company plans to install new warning system
VIENNA The company that owns the container-hauling truck that struck an overpass over state Route 11 is beginning to install a warning system to help prevent a similar accident.
What's more, the National Solid Waste Management Association will be reviewing equipment safety issues when it meets in March.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released Thursday its report of a Dec. 18 accident in which Raymond Cross Jr., 46, of Mercer, Pa., died.
The report said that Cross, a driver for Tri-County Industries Inc. of Grove City, Pa., left the boom of a roll-off truck he was driving in the extended position. The boom struck the Niles-Vienna Road overpass, causing the truck to overturn and killing Cross.
According to the report, Cross picked up the trash container at the Target store at the Eastwood Mall, drove it to Grove City, where it was emptied, and returned to the store, where it was reinstalled.
On the return trip to Grove City, the boom struck the bridge.
"Everybody has the same problem," Edward Vogel, Tri-County vice president, said today of the lack of a warning system.
So far, Tri-County has installed a warning system on one of its 15 to 20 roll-off trucks similar to the one driven by Cross.
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