Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:56:49 GMT
(RNN) - Tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas, leaving a trail of damage.There are no reports of fatalities or injuries, but homes and businesses are damaged in Witchita, KS and outside ofMore >>
Supercell storms are spawning tornadoes that have touched down in Kansas and Oklahoma. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:53 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:53:44 GMT
The stretch of Fulton Avenue between Maryland and Diamond is back open after the Evansville Streets Alive event. The street was closed Sunday afternoon for activities like biking, rollerblading and dancing. VendorsMore >>
The stretch of Fulton Avenue between Maryland and Diamond is back open after the Evansville Streets Alive event.More >>
TRI-STATE (WFIE) -
How safe are the big trucks on the road?
Around 111,000 big rigs were inspected in Indiana last year, and one in five not only failed the safety inspection, but was considered so dangerous it had to be taken off the road.
Truck traffic is heavy in Vanderburgh County on Interstate 64. We followed around an inspector for a day and half, and some of the trucks inspected were considered unsafe.
Thousands of trucks use our interstates everyday.
George Rincon has been driving a big rig for 10 years. He knows how things can go wrong.
"A couple weeks ago, I had a real bad week, transmission went out in this truck. Then, I went back to the shop and got another and the rear-end went out in it. All in the same week, so that was a bad week," said Rincon.
Commercial truck inspector, Trooper Brenda Tubbs is a wife, mother of three, and knows her trucks.
Tubbs pulled a truck over for having a shaky axle. The driver was warned.
Next, we found lose chains on the bed of a trailer. That's a safety hazard so serious that the truck was taken out-of service until it could be fixed.
"We knew about it. We just always carry them on the flatbed as long as they are in the middle. We don't worry about it, but yes, they should be in the box, yes," said truck driver Don Weis.
Tubbs inspected four more trucks in our time with her.
One had cracked tires and a damaged air hose. The next, an improperly placed license plate. Both received warnings.
But the driver of a tow-truck failed to fill out his log book for seven days, which is a critical mistake.
A dump truck had broken headlights, brake lights, and a turn signal. It had to be taken straight the shop.
"Just like you're personal car, you can go down the road a get a flat tire. Things are going to go wrong. You're going to have lights that burn out, you're going to have tires that go bad," said Tubbs.
The most common problem Tubbs sees is bad brakes.
"Brake pads, drums. There are a lot that go with the brakes, not just brakes, that are going to put them out of service," said Tubbs.
Of the six trucks we inspected, three were considered out of service.
So, does this mean half the trucks on the road in our area have problems? No, It does not. Tubbs only pulls over vehicles that appear to have issues, so that does skew with the numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 66% of accidents between a truck and a vehicle, the driver of the vehicle is at fault.
Rincon drives at least 500 miles a day and he's avoided quite a few crashes.
"They like to run up beside you and they don't want to share the lane. You got to watch that all the time."
With 18 wheelers weighing 80,000 pounds and driving 55 mph all day and everyday, things go wrong all on their own.
The last thing Rincon wants is a poor judgement call from the driver of another vehicle, keeping him from getting home to his family, a wife and four kids.
Now, there are several ways you can protect yourself, your family, and the drivers of these trucks.
A few basic tips include:
making sure you can see truck's headlights before entering the lane in front of them
making sure you see both of their side mirrors when following them
when passing do it quickly, don't hang out in the driver's blindspot
remember before pulling out, that it takes big trucks longer to stop than regular vehicles
the best advice of all, just give them plenty of space
The number of roadside inspections in Indiana in 2011 was 111,187. Of those trucks pulled over, 6% of the drivers was put out of service and 21% of the trucks were put out of service. Indiana has one of the highest inspection rates in the country.
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-19 17:58:35 GMT
There's a problem with the paint that was used when the Twin Bridges were repainted in 2007 and now the bridges will have to be painted again.Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials tell 14 News theMore >>
The bottom line, KTC officials say, is that the Twin Bridges will have to be painted again at some point in the future, much sooner than expected.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
A senior White House adviser insists President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting tea party groups "when it came out in the news."More >>
A top White House adviser insisted Sunday that President Barack Obama learned the Internal Revenue Service had targeted tea party groups only "when it came out in the news" while Republicans continued to press the...More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One person has died after a traffic crash on Interstate 64. The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange. TheMore >>
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 just east of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) interchange.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-19 08:24:11 GMT
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedMore >>
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
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