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La Canada seeks truck ban on crash route

April 2, 2009 | 10:52 am


The mayor of La Cañada Flintridge says the city will ask U.S. Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) to seek a ban on trucks on the route where a semi truck crashed into a bookstore, killing two and injuring several others. Mayor Laura Olhasso said truckers unfamiliar with the region rely on GPS systems to navigate Southern California's highways.

"If that gets done, all the rest follows," Olhasso said this morning. "It does highlight a larger problem. Truckers who are not familiar with a local area rely on their GPS for a direct route. If the GPS doesn't have that information, this will be a continual problem, not only in La Cañada Flintridge but communities across the country."

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said the driver of the truck in Wednesday's accident was from Massachusetts. Marcos Costa, 43, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

"The driver lost control of his truck and collided into several other vehicles along Angeles Crest Highway, including the one the victims were in," sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The truck came to rest inside the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

— Andrew Blankstein

Photo: A firefighter pauses during rescue work. Credit: Luis Sinco

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