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  • PA Tractor Trailer Crash

    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An overweight tractor-trailer barreled
    down a steep hill and hit 18 parked cars and a building before it
    broke apart Tuesday, killing the driver, authorities said.
    The truck, which was four times heavier than the road's 5½-ton
    weight limit, could have been going as fast as 100 mph when it
    descended Frankstown Road, witnesses said.
    Paul King, of North Baltimore, Ohio, died two hours after the
    noon accident. No one else was seriously injured.
    The truck was carrying liquid argon, which exploded in a white
    cloud, but Fire Chief Mike Huss said the inert gas posed no threat.
    Authorities were examining whether the rig's brakes failed and
    whether King may have been trying to circumvent truck safety checks
    being conducted on the nearby Route 56 Bypass.
    Johnstown Police Capt. Andy Frear said finding a cause could be
    difficult because of the damage.
    Records obtained by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown show King
    was cited four times in a month by truck owner Cryogenic
    Transportation Inc., of Baytown, Texas, for driving too many hours
    and not keeping proper logs.
    The company declined comment.

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