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Stolen semi truck smashes into several cars on Main Street, cornered on Selkirk and Salter

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WATCH: The owner of the stolen semi truck explains what happened leading up to the crash. 

A stolen semi smashed into several cars down Main Street late Friday morning before slamming into a wrought iron fence on Selkirk Avenue and Salter Street.

Brian Anderson said he was working on Main Street when he heard a semi-trailer smash into vehicles.

He said victims told him the semi continued on “rumbling down Main Street.”

At least four vehicles have been hit, including a Duffy’s Taxi vehicle carrying young passengers.

The owner of the truck, Karnail Dillion, told Global News it was stolen from a Tim Hortons at about 10:30 a.m. when the driver headed into the restaurant.

He said the pair must have had some training in order to be able to drive the truck and bring it up to speed.

While the driver wouldn’t say for sure, it’s presumed the truck was running when it was stolen.

Dillion said he hopped into a cab and started chasing the truck while calling the police.

He estimated as many as 25 vehicles were hit.

Another witness told Global News that had the fence not been around the parking lot, “there would have been casualties.”

Police confirmed the semi was reported stolen Friday morning from the Inkster and King Edward area.

At one point, the semi left the city via McPhillips Street before returning to Winnipeg.

“It ended up crashing at the intersection of Selkirk Avenue and Salter Street,” said Cst. Rob Carver.

“No injuries, but I can tell you that on the way out of town and the way back in, the truck ran into a number of vehicles, so we’ve got collisions and vehicle damage.

“We had two people in it, a driver and a passenger. We have both of these people under arrest.”

Carver confirmed, “a number” of vehicles were hit but there were no injuries.

“The guy in the truck took off running out the back lane and he ended up getting caught,” said another witness, Jay, who said he was at a nearby Esso station when he had loud ‘bang’ sounds and went outside to investigate.

“It was crazy. I’m just glad there was no one around who ended up getting hit. That’s what makes me happy. I’m glad there was no pedestrians around that got hit.

“I heard they were doing about 100 km/h. I don’t know if that’s true or not.”

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WPS is currently investigating a stolen & and recovered semi-truck. We have a significant number of police units on scene. Southbound Main is closed at Selkirk. Selkirk and Salter is completely closed to traffic. @WinnipegTMC

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The intersections were closed for a few hours, but didn’t impact rush hour.

“I’d like to say it [roads reopened] would be done before rush hour, but I can’t confirm that. I can tell you that all of our people out there on a day like this don’t want to be out there any longer than they have to, so we’ll be doing our best to get it cleared up.”Carver said.

Thefts of these trucks are rare, said Manitoba Public Insurance spokesperson Brian Smiley, fewer than 10 a year on average in Manitoba.

Video Showing Unbelievable 12-Car Accident On Dangerous Snow-Covered Quebec Highway

At least twelve vehicles were involved in an Autoroute 175  accident caught in a video recently uploaded to Facebook.

The snowy and slippery conditions evidently caused a chain reaction in which several vehicles slid off the highway and into each other.

 

This video literally looks like the beginning of an apocalypse movie. I sincerely hope that everyone that was involved is doing okay.

Police had arrived on the scene at the time the video was filmed, so hopefully, anyone that did sustain injury was quickly treated.

In the video, the cars can be seen spun around in the wrong direction with multiple vehicles sitting smashed into each other.

One vehicle even looks like it may have caught fire at some point.

One of the comments on the video notes that the accident occurred “just after the junction of the small park and the Laurentides park on the way to chicout[imi].”

The multi-car crash happened just before 11 o’clock this morning on the Autoroute 175 heading west.

This highway is currently completely closed in this direction and will remain so until all twelve vehicles are dealt with.

Vehicles involved in the crash include a semi-truck, several half-ton pick-up trucks and a large rental-style van.

 

 

Multiple towing companies, as well as ambulances and police, arrived quickly to the scene.

Quebec 511 notes that the Autoroute 175 is currently “Snow Covered,” as are most roadways in the area. But the site also notes that the visibility is poor and snowdrifts are common.

With these kinds of conditions, it’s easy to imagine just one vehicle going too fast, not being able to see the car ahead of them has slowed or come to a stop, and boom, there’s your accident.

Let this be a reminder to all drivers that even with your winter tires, only reduced speeds will ensure you can stop in time when the roads are this covered in snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trucks Carrying Migrants And Cattle Collide in Mexico

A wreck in southern Mexico involving a truck hauling cattle and a semi carrying more than 100 undocumented Central American migrants resulted in one person dead and cattle being scattered.

A truck carrying more than 100 undocumented Central American migrants collided with a cattle truck in Mexico, scattering cattle and killing at least one of the migrants.

Mexican news agencies reported the accident happened Saturday in the southeastern coastal state of Veracruz, and a chaotic scene emerged, some of which was captured on cell phone videos and posted on social media. One unverified video shows residents of the town of Cosamaloapan immediately descending on the accident site in an attempt to steal the cattle.

Witnesses told Mexican news outlet Diario de Mexico that residents were slaughtering the animals on the highway in order to take as much meat as possible while law enforcement agents looked on.

According to news agency Razon, a migrant from Central America who was being smuggled in the truck was declared dead on the scene. Another person suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Sources told Razon that the truck carrying the migrants was traveling at a high speed to avoid being captured by local authorities.

The migrants immediately fled the scene and law enforcement officials have not announced any detentions.

 

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Compressed Natural Gas Now Fuelling Heavy-Duty Transportation Along Ontario’s Highway 401

London, ON, – Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership, is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited – an Enbridge Company, along with its industry partner Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced today that they have built a network of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations at Flying J and Windsor travel centers along Ontario’s Highway 401.

This network of CNG stations will provide heavy-duty truck fleets with convenient access to one of the most affordable and clean transportation fuels commercially available, along some of the most heavily trafficked truck routes in Ontario.

“The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector,” said Mike Shannon, Vice President of Storage, Transmission & IMO, Enbridge, on behalf of Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership. “Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations are amongst the first along the Hwy. 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving fleet owners an incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel.”

The three CNG stations are located at:

  • Windsor Travel Centre – this location is the busiest border crossing in North America linking to the U.S. Midwest.
  • Flying J, between London and Woodstock – this stretch of highway connects Highways 401, 402 and 403 with access to major U.S. border crossings.
  • Flying J, Napanee in Eastern Ontario – this section of highway provides connectivity to Eastern Canada and Northeast U.S. border crossings.

The support from the federal government on this project was a critical resource in recognizing the important role that natural gas offerings play in providing affordable emission reduction choices for our country. Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, contributed $3 million in total to the three stations.

“These stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods ̶ cutting costs, reducing pollution and improving productivity,” said Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Our Government is committed to growing the infrastructure needed to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to drive electric and alternative fuel vehicles.”

We thank the provincial government for seeing the value and supporting compressed natural gas (CNG) in Ontario, as they take steps to remove barriers to the expansion of CNG fuelling stations, encourage uptake of renewable natural gas generated, and maintain the existing tax exemption on natural gas as a transportation fuel.

“I’m proud that my ministry was part of this cutting-edge project,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This station is an investment in our future and was made possible thanks to Ontario agri-food businesses developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges.”

“I want to congratulate Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership and Enbridge on announcing the completion of three new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations,” said Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government is expanding access to natural gas to make people’s lives easier and more affordable, and to signal Ontario is open for business.”

The London CNG station, located at one of the busiest travel centers in the province, will offer renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel supply chain from StormFisher Environmental Ltd., a nearby biogas facility. This station was designed and built in a manner that allows for efficient expansion to accommodate growth in this market.

“StormFisher operates an anaerobic digestion facility in London, Ontario ideally situated next to a medium pressure distribution pipeline a short distance from the new London CNG station,” said Brandon Moffatt, Vice-President, Development & Operations, StormFisher Environmental Ltd. “This partnership with Union Energy Solutions allows us to divert organic and agricultural waste from landfill, and repurpose it into renewable natural gas, creating a sustainable and carbon-neutral fuel source for a variety of service vehicles.”

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America, designed and built the three CNG stations. With a network of over 530 natural gas fueling stations, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. owns and/or operates facilities in 43 U.S. states and other provinces in Canada.

“Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads, and communities,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president at Clean Energy. “This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as traveling into the United States.”

“We are proud to introduce new CNG fueling stations at our Flying J locations in London and Napanee,” said Clint Lawrence, region manager for Flying J. “Both travel centers are located on key stretches of highway for professional drivers, and these fuelling stations will help to make their journey smooth and seamless while offering a fuel alternative for professional drivers.”

About Union Energy Solutions
Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership (UES) is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited – an Enbridge Company – that focuses on various clean energy business initiatives in the Province of Ontario.

About Clean Energy
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America. We build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas stations (LNG) and deliver more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S. Clean Energy sells Redeem RNG fuel and believes it is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%. For more information, visit CleanEnergyFuels.com.

Contact on behalf of Union Energy Solutions:
Andrea Stass
1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
[email protected]

Clean Energy Media Contact:
Raleigh Gerber
949-437-1397
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‘A return of the favor’: Pipeline workers raise $10K for fallen firefighter’s daughter

Pipeline construction workers are contributing to a Rosetown girl’s education fund in honor of her father, a firefighter who had helped them before he died in the line of duty.

In September, a bus carrying 16 pipeline employees was hit by a semi-truck in Kerrobert.

“They had multiple injuries – from broken arms to broken shoulders, lots of internal injuries,” said Paul Stuckles, safety manager at O.J. Pipelines.

Rosetown volunteer firefighter Darrell Morrison was called to help those involved in the crash.

The 46-year-old firefighter died when he was struck by a passing semi-truck while responding to a crash north of Rosetown in November.

O.J. Pipelines employees have raised $10,000 for Morrison’s daughter’s education.

“We really appreciate what the emergency crews do for us, hopefully, this is a little bit of a return of the favor,” Stuckles said.

“We talked about it at a morning meeting, passed some envelopes to each one of our crews. Within a week, week-and-a-half, we had about $10,000 to donate.”

Cheyanne Morrison stated that she plans to go to college for firefighting and eventually become an RCMP officer.

“I want a job with a lot of adrenaline in it and excitement, and my dad inspired me to do it,” Cheyanne said.

The 17-year-old said she’s appreciative of O.J. Pipelines’ donation.

“It’s pretty exciting of how much people are trying to help, and I’m really grateful for it,” she said.

Cheyanne plans to go to college next year.