October 3, 2015 |
In the wake of another deadly accident involving a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board's promise to investigate these amphibious antiques is welcome. Five people died and about 50 were injured after a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a tour bus in Seattle last week. Another duck killed a pedestrian in Philadelphia in May. Based on an amphibious military model known as the DUKW, the vehicles are exempt from federal motor vehicle safety standards because they are built on a 1940s-era chassis, Philadelphia attorney Robert Mongeluzzi told Philly.com.
September 30, 2015 |
The vehicle in the crash that killed one Pennsylvania State University student and injured six others Sunday swerved before it overturned, state police said Monday. The sport utility vehicle carrying the students home from a fund-raising trip was traveling west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Charlestown Township, Chester County, when it swerved from the right lane onto the shoulder around 1:50 p.m. Sunday, police said. The 2004 Envoy then abruptly turned back onto the road. Then it swerved to the right again and overturned, police said.
September 22, 2015 |
An unprecedented towing operation to clear central Philadelphia of parked vehicles for the papal weekend began in full force Sunday night as trucks rolled through neighborhoods closest to the Art Museum and City Hall. The around-the-clock effort - the first of this scope and size in the nation's fifth-largest city - aims to clear curbs capable of holding up to 6,000 vehicles. It will continue until Friday morning, a day before the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis for a weekend of public appearances.
September 20, 2015 |
Thomas Muir was drunk and speeding at 98 m.p.h. when he slammed his GMC pickup truck into the Hannagan family minivan in Exton on Feb. 14, killing two siblings from Downingtown and injuring their parents. In a standing-room-only courtroom Friday, Muir, 26, pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering others. He entered an open plea and is to be sentenced on Nov. 5. The maximum sentence could be 22 to 44 years, said Judge Patrick Carmody.
August 24, 2015 |
MY THURSDAY column about bogus towing in Bridesburg brought a lickety-split response from the 15th Police District. "There are to be no more tickets written for the block of Richmond Street between Buckius and Lefevre" streets, said Philly Police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien, referring to an order from district Capt. John McCloskey. "Also, Major Crimes is looking into the towing situation. If vehicles have been towed illegally, there could be arrests down the road for those incidents.
August 22, 2015 |
As Philadelphia suffered through the recession and its aftermath, the city fell behind in replenishing old and battered emergency vehicles. As a result, precious minutes often were lost by firefighters rushing to fires and accident victims being taken to hospitals. At one point in 2012, the fund to replace aging ladder trucks, pumper trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles sank to $98,000. Considering that a new ladder truck can cost 10 times that, it's important that the next mayor continue Mayor Nutter's plan to invest $36.5 million over the next five years in new emergency equipment.
August 20, 2015 |
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
August 17, 2015 |
The Philadelphia medic noticed smoke rising from the engine just as he steered his ambulance off I-95. He and his partner were on their way to a medical emergency when their ambulance began to smoke. Then, a bang - a "loud explosion," the medic remembered. They pulled over and scrambled from their seats as the smoke grew heavy and thick. On the side of the road, they watched as flames licked up the side of the ambulance. In the year since that fire in 2014, sources and records obtained by The Inquirer indicate that accident wasn't an anomaly - that an ambulance bursting into flames is just an extreme example of the deteriorating, sometimes dangerous fleet operated by the Philadelphia Fire Department.
August 12, 2015 |
A 24-year-old woman and 30-year-old man were killed in a rollover crash in Crescentville early Monday, police said. Rosagna Galvez was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Roosevelt Boulevard at a high speed, accompanied by a man identified as Jeifrey or Jeifry Chevez. She attempted a right turn at Adams Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., police said. The vehicle crossed the grassy median on the Boulevard and then hopped the curb. According to police investigators, the vehicle struck a sign on Adams Avenue and then hit a utility box with a concrete base.
June 23, 2015 |
Cars, cars, parked everywhere in South Philadelphia. On expansive lots below the Walt Whitman Bridge, on parcels at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On Norfolk Southern Corp. rail land, and along the old Mustin military airfield now part of 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Since August 2010, when Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. moved their vehicle-import business from Baltimore and Newark, N.J., ports to Philadelphia's waterfront, the number of shiny Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Sorentos rolling off ships has risen from 127,406 in 2011 to 143,258 in 2012 and 151,296 last year.