Bill signed banning trucks from Angeles Crest highway

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Less than half a year after a fatal collision between a big rig and a passenger car near the Angeles Crest Highway, Governor Schwarzenegger Thursday signed a bill that permanently bans the trucks from that steep, narrow road. More on the story from KPCC’s Cheryl Devall.

Despite warning signs along the highway, truck drivers often used the Angeles Crest Highway as a shortcut between the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles.

One driver’s decision to take that route last April first resulted in a crash that killed a man and his 12-year-old daughter and injured a dozen other people in La Canada Flintridge.

The new state law makes permanent a temporary truck ban that followed that collision. It applies to big rigs only – not smaller trucks. The law also increases the fine for violators.

The truck driver in the La Canada Flintridge crash is awaiting trial on charges of murder and reckless driving. He’d been hauling a double-decker car carrier when his brakes failed on a downhill stretch of the Angeles Crest Highway.