California temporarily bans trucks from Angeles Crest Highway

| 4/9/2009

The state of California has issued a temporary ban on all trucks from the Angeles Crest Highway following a deadly wreck there April 1.

The wreck happened in La Canada Flintridge, CA, north of Pasadena, when a truck hauling cars down a steep grade apparently lost its brakes and raced through a downtown intersection. The truck hit several cars, then crashed into a bookstore and a nail parlor.

Twelve people were injured, and two people – a man and his 12-year-old daughter in a car – were killed in the accident. The truck driver, Marcos Costa, was arrested after police accused him of ignoring warning signs and using a route that is off-limits to heavy trucks. He has been charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter.

The route in question has been made off-limits to all trucks for 90 days. The ban officially became effective at midnight on Sunday night, April 5, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The town used to have a state-maintained runaway truck lane along the route, but it was closed by the state DOT 10 years ago and replaced with landscaping.