Deer leaps through truck windshield, causing crash

It could’ve been much worse, state Trooper Steve Limani said.

A deer leaped from a hillside this morning and crashed through the windshield of a UPS truck at Route 30 in Greensburg. As the animal thrashed about in the cab, the driver, identified as Justin Kubecki, lost control and crossed from the eastbound lanes to the westbound side. The truck rolled onto its side.

Mr. Kubecki, 29, of Greensburg, was disoriented but not seriously injured. He was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital as a precaution. No one else was hurt.

“I’ve had crashes where deer go through windshields and people don’t survive,” Trooper Limani said. “This had the potential for him to hit other vehicles.”

The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. as Mr. Kubecki drove the midsized truck from East Pittsburgh Street to the eastbound Route 30 on-ramp, he said.

This is the time of year when deer-vehicle crashes rise significantly, and Trooper Limani recommended extra caution. The most important rule, he said: “Don’t swerve. Use your brakes. That’s it.” 
By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Train Collides with UPS Truck in Stilwell

A train collided with a UPS truck in Stilwell, Oklahoma around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatchers.

The UPS truck driver was pulling out of the Farmer’s Co-Op driveway, just off Highway 59 when he was struck by a Kansas City Southern Railways train.

An eyewitness told Stilwell Democrat Journal they saw the driver in an ambulance talking to his wife on the phone. OHP dispatcher said the man was not hurt.

The crossing has a stop sign, but it does not have lights, according to Micky Longshore with Farmer’s Co-Op.

The truck was pushed down the track several feet, witnesses said. The train was an engine pulling one box car, according to the newspaper. It was not derailed.

They Don’t Even Like Him in Salt Lake

     The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed President Obama for reelection Friday, with an editorial that was highly critical of Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who is as close to being a favorite son candidate from Utah, the historic and cultural center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as a non-resident can be.
     The Tribune, published by MediaNews Group, criticized Romney’s “servile courtship of the Tea Party” to win his party’s nomination and called him “shameless” in pandering to various constituencies, terming him the GOP’s “shape-shifting nominee.”
     “Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’ ” the editorial states. It also said he “has repeatedly refused to share specifics” of many of his proposals.
     The endorsement begins, “Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican, business-friendly state.” It goes on to praise him lavishly for his rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and described Romney as “the Beehive State’s favorite adopted son.”
     The newspaper also endorsed Obama in 2008 over Republican rival John McCain. 
     In other endorsements, the Orlando Sentinel in Florida Friday endorsed Romney and the Denver Post in Colorado endorsed the president for reelection