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STRUTHERS Cops find bad brakes on truck



Published: Wed, May 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Authorities will seek to recover cleanup costs.

STRUTHERS -- Three sets of faulty brakes are suspected in a fiery crash that closed the Bridge Street bridge for more than 12 hours Friday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported finding six violations on a tractor-trailer hauling garbage to a BFI landfill in Poland Township.

Police said the driver, Joseph R. McCord, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y., failed to secure equipment in the vehicle, which went out of control on state Route 616, hitting two other trucks, scraping the bridge retaining wall and ripping open the vehicle's diesel fuel tanks.

The driver also was cited for lack of mudflaps and a trip log that hadn't been updated since April 19.

Capt. Tim Roddy, handling the investigation for the Struthers Police Department, said drivers are required by law to keep track of sleep time. Failure to do so can carry a $1,000 fine.

McCord has been charged with failure to control by city police.

Bridge damage: In the meantime, bridge engineer Randall Partika of the Mahoning County Engineer's Department said the bridge needs a new fence and some minor concrete repairs.

"There's nothing out there that is unsafe," he said.

The bridge was rebuilt a year ago.

Local authorities will seek reimbursement for still-undetermined cleanup costs from McCord's insurance company.




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