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March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police officials said it is "a miracle" a second officer survived a fatal crash with a big rig that left the patrol car a mangled piece of metal. "The police car is almost unrecognizable even as a vehicle, let alone a police car," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "It's a miracle that anyone survived this collision. " The officers were crossing through Beverly Hills en route to an "unknown trouble call" when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, officials said.
March 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
Authorities are looking into whether the brakes failed on a large truck in Beverly Hills on Friday before a collision with a Los Angeles police squad car, killing one officer and seriously injuring another. The officers were crossing through Beverly Hills en route to an "unknown trouble call" when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, officials said. Speaking to reporters outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck declined to provide details about the circumstances leading up to the crash, citing the ongoing investigation, but called it a "catastrophic" collision with a trash hauler.
March 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday it would invest $70 million to add 1,000 propane-powered delivery trucks to its fleet. The trucks, which can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane, will replace gasoline- and diesel-powered trucks used primarily in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma, UPS said. Other states are pending.  The vehicles will hit the road by the middle of the year and operations will be completed by early next year, the Atlanta company said.  PHOTOS: The 10 wealthiest people in the world UPS said it worked with the Propane Education & Research Council, a nonprofit propane technology incubator, to secure the necessary regulatory certifications.  The company had tested 20 such trucks last winter in Georgia before announcing it would expand its fleet.
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
The two California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists charged with doing environmental work on the proposed Newhall Ranch development had a daunting task. They were to help review whether and how the largest residential development ever approved in Los Angeles County - 20,000 homes stretching across a bucolic valley - could be built without undue harm to the environment, protected species and Southern California's last major wild river, the Santa Clara. The project was controversial and dizzyingly complicated.
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Trucks and sport-utilities are the most likely vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, according to, an auto shopping information company. culled mileage data for about 30 million used cars for sale in 2013 and looked to see which models were the most likely to have more than 200,000 miles of use. The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was the most durable by that measure -- 4.2% of the trucks for sale last year had more than 200,000...
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Long Beach motorcycle officer was struck by a semi-truck Tuesday morning and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries, police said. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the officer suffered fairly serious injuries in the collision on Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, he added. McDonnell and other senior officials were headed to the hospital to check on the officer, who was in stable condition.  Crash scene investigators asked the public to avoid Santa Fe Avenue between Anaheim and 17th streets.
February 24, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Nissan is voluntarily recalling more than 13,000 of its midsize Frontier truck for a potential fire risk, according to a federal safety agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 13,535 trucks from the 2012 through 2014 model years are affected by the recall. The trucks could have a circuit breaker improperly installed, causing a bolt to wear through wiring and cause an electrical short. This short could lead to a fire, NHTSA said. The issue came to light after the driver of a truck in Mexico noticed smoke in the cabin, which was traced back to the circuit breaker in question.
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man in Vista was arrested Thursday night after leaving his truck on the railroad tracks, where it was hit by a train and sustained "major damage," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. None of the 37 passengers on the train was hurt, the Sheriff's Department said. The incident began when the man's truck became stuck on the tracks. The man allegedly left the truck and tried to flag down the train to stop but was unsuccessful, authorities said.
February 21, 2014
Re "Produce trucks feed a need," Column One, Feb. 19 Produce trucks traversing neighborhoods, providing fresh produce and other items: great idea. But readers should know that bringing food to neighborhoods was once common in Los Angeles. I lived in the Los Feliz district, and these trucks went all over the city. Before supermarkets and big-box stores, trucks had regular neighborhood routes and brought a variety of food. There must be some folks who recall deliveries of dairy items from Adohr Farms and bread and sweets from Helms Bakery.
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