Monday, March 29, 2010

Highway 400 Closed by Truck Fire

We thought the night was over. We had already done a fatal fire in the east end earlier last night. It was 6am and we were both almost at the end of shift. TV Tommy (@vaughanweather on Twitter) and I were chatting it up at Weston Rd and the 401 when this tractor trailer fire came across the airwaves. We arrived before O.P.P. and TFD and as you can see it was fully involved. The truck contained non-dairy creamer. The highway was closed for an hour or so and remained a big mess all morning long.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Air Ambulance Lands on QEW

A 39 year old man is dead this morning after he ran into the back of a stopped tanker truck on the QEW east bound just east of Winston Churchill. Both east and westbound lanes were closed so air ambulance could land on the highway. Sadly they left without the victim after he was pronounced dead on the scene.

The helicopter came into contact with wires on takeoff. I captured it on video but didn't notice it at the time. Bert from City-TV saw it clearly and said we almost became a Youtube video. It wasn't until later that I realized I had a brush with danger. They will inspect the helicopter later today.

The truck was stopped for emergency maintenance on the right shoulder. The car was destroyed. The east bound QEW remained closed for accident reconstruction. Traffic was diverted onto Hwy 403 up toward the 401 causing traffic nightmares for the morning commute into the city.

All of this after a very quiet Thursday night shift. So this added some overtime onto my shift. I'm home now enjoying my wife's company and the weekend.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Roll Roll Roll Your Truck Gently Down The Highway

Really busy night at work, including this truck roll over on the 409 West. I also shot a stabbing and a couple of other crashes. In another crash a TTC street car crashed into a TTC maintenance crew and sent three workers to hospital. I didn't shoot anything the last two days so we made up for it tonight. That's TV .... hurry up and wait.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Double Shooting in Peel Region

A Peel Police Officer gathers evidence and searches for shell casings. The scene was a parking lot beside 325 Webb Dr. just steps from Square One. Two people were shot and police are looking for two others seen leaving the area in a tow truck. A large parking lot was surrounded with crime scene tape after officers discovers shell casings lying nearby.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Fatal Crash on DVP

A City of Toronto garbage truck lost control on the ramp from the viaduct to the north bound DVP. This ramp comes down from near the Pizza Pizza at Broadview. It's very steep and right at the end it takes a very sharp right turn. I've squeeled my tires there myself when hitting that sharp turn at the bottom. One person was ejected and one was trapped for two hours then rushed to Sunnybrook. Sadly they past away. My condolences to family and city staff. Prior to this we had covered Metro's latest homicide at 4010 Lawrence East where a man was found in the hallway shot in the head. Very busy night.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Project Folkstone - That was fun wasn't it? What's next?

We have all been kept very busy on the night shift for the last two nights. As police put the finishing touches on Project Folkstone we've been there to gather video of all the suspects being brought in for booking and the ETF doing morning wake up calls. This morning they visited a few more homes and we were there as they confiscated a Porsche in Etobicoke. It will all be on the news tonight of course. Thanks to all those involved for making the streets a little safer, for not freaking out when the cameras showed up and for that nice little chunk of overtime that will be on my next cheque. Here is a link to the full media kit regarding this project.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Multiple Warrants Executed.

Police executed several search warrants this morning around the GTA. They will hold a news conference tomorrow to announce details of the operation, described as an international gun and drug smuggling organized crime ring. Seems everyone played a part in this one including O.P.P., Toronto, York, Durham and Windsor Police. It also involved Border Services and the ATF. A show-n-tell is scheduled for Thursday morning at YRP 2 District. We shot several suspects arriving there this morning. We will be hearing more about this in the coming days.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Line of Duty Death

Peel Regional Police Constable Artem "James" Otchakovski died Tuesday after his cruiser collided with another vehicle

The officer died after a collision at Airport Rd and Steeles. His cruiser collided with another vehicle and then hit a pole. My condolences to his family and fellow officers. The other driver was treated for minor injuries. No word on cause or charges.
He died in the line of duty, while protecting residents and visitors in Peel Region. I personally appreciate the service and hard work by him and his fellow officers.
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