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Kamakazi Taxi Hits Coolbaugh Fire Police Van

Kamakazi Taxi Hits Coolbaugh Fire Police Van
Vehicle Assault Attacks | Terroristic Incidents | attack on first responder

May 19, 2013 In Pennsylvania township of Coolbaugh on 1:15 a.m. taxi Driver Michael West was believed  to have lost control of his taxi when he suddenly crossed over the highway to collide head-on with a fire police van of the Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company . A witness said that he was speeding up at an excessive rate of speed as he was passing his truck on wet pavement. Then the driver side wheels lifted off as his Chrysler minivan swerved onto the path of the oncoming truck. 55 year old taxi driver West was killed and four emergency responders were hurt. Investigators believe the taxi which was carrying no passengers accidentally slid into the path of the oncoming Coolbaugh Township fire police van. Four volunteer firefighters were taken to hospitals, and two were in intensive care

Head-on accident looks suspiciously like a deliberate suicide attack on first responders by a taxi driver.

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http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Taxi-Fire-Van-Crash-208109241.html

attempted arson murder in Coolbaugh of deaf residents:
Arsonist disabled power to fire alarm lights

Coolbaugh attempted murder, arson case heading to county court

 Shuman had been in a domestic dispute with one of the residents prior to the fire. Police said Shuman removed the electric meter on the side of the house, poured gasoline around the front and back doors and then lit the fire. The lack of power to the house put the four residents in greater danger because they are deaf and needed to rely on the flash of special alarms to alert them to a fire, police said.



















another crash in Coolbaugh:
Feb 26, 2013 Chinese immigrant driver crashes van, killing a Chinese passenger
http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130314/NEWS/303140310/-1/rss01

Driver in fatal Coolbaugh Township crash sits in jail, awaits bail

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Jiayuan Liang, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is led into his preliminary hearing in Tobyhanna by Trooper John Osterhout on March 13, 2013.David Kidwell/Pocono Record
Facing up to 65 years in state prison if convicted on vehicular homicide charges in a February fatal crash in Coolbaugh Township, a man with no prior criminal record has cooperated with police and thus is no flight risk, his attorneys told a judge Wednesday. However, Magisterial District Judge Anthony Fluegel agreed with prosecutors that Jiayuan Liang, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., indeed has significant reasons to flee the country prior to trial if bail is set too low."This was a very terrible accident that may or may not have been a vehicular homicide," defense attorney Robin Spishock said. "To call someone of Mr. Liang's character and background a threat to society or a flight risk is unrealistic."
Escorted by a state trooper on the way into court, a handcuffed, somber Liang said, "I don't remember," when asked how fast he had been driving on icy Interstate 380 the night of Feb. 26. Police said someone witnessed Liang driving at 80 mph prior to the van crash that killed passenger Jianwu Zhang, 30, of Ithaca, N.Y., and injured 14 other passengers plus Liang himself.

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A Pocono Cab Company taxi and Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Co. vehicle crashed on Route 196 just south of the main entrance to A Pocono Country Place on Sunday. The taxi driver, Michael West of Stroudsburg, died.Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record
At about 12:15 p.m., the surreal scene played out in his rearview mirror.
The roads were wet when Lynch drove away from A Pocono Country Place. The fire police vehicle was behind him, but not too close, he said. He likes to keep two or three car lengths between himself and other vehicles because he knows what wet roads can be like. Lynch estimates he was traveling about 45 mph.
He saw the taxi coming toward him at a high rate of speed. "I got this feeling something was going to happen," Lynch said.

Missed by a foot

The taxi was close to the middle of the road. It looked as if maybe it was hydroplaning, he said. So Lynch sped up just enough to get by the taxi a little quicker.
"He just missed me," Lynch said with the sound of shock lingering in his voice. "He missed my truck by about 12 inches."
Just as the taxi passed him, its driver-side wheels came off the roadway, leaning toward the passenger side. [This indicates he was steering hard left, causing vehicle to tip right, into the path of the oncoming truck] Then it crashed into the fire police vehicle with a loud bang, like a bomb went off, Lynch said.
"This guy hit them so hard the impact was just devastating," Lynch said. "There was nothing they could do. They couldn't even move out of the way.
....at Pocono Cab Company ..customers were calling all day, some who had ridden in West's cab and many who wanted to offer their condolences. "People saying, 'I'm not sure if he's ever picked me up,' but they're relaying their condolences," Masucci said of the calls. Masucci said he did not know West all that well, but they shared a workplace over West's four years at the company. "He was an all-around nice guy," Masucci said. 
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    A Pocono Cab Company driver was killed Sunday afternoon on Route 196 in CoolbaughTownship after losing control of his taxi and drifting into the path of an oncoming ...
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    Just another day on his way to work — or so he thought. ... A Pocono Cab Company taxiand Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Co. vehicle crashed on Route 196 just ...
  • articles.mcall.com › Pocono Raceway
    A Stroudsburg man was killed Sunday morning when the taxi he was driving was hit by aCoolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company vehicle. Michael West, 55, was driving ...
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    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP VFD fire police van was transporting four firefighters shortly before noon ... There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash, ...
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    1 killed, 4 hurt when fire van, taxi crash in Pa. Posted: Monday, 05/20/13 11:26 am ... The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Coolbaugh Township.
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    The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Coolbaugh Township. ... There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash. Advertisement. Return to Top

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      It's a crash the members of the Coolbaugh Volunteer Fire Company will never forget. ... The taxi driver, 55-year-old Michael West of Stroudsburg, died at the scene.
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      By Christine Tatu Pocono Record COOLBAUGH ... 4 firefighters injured after taxi ... Full story: Taxi driver dead, firefighters injured in Coolbaugh Township crash.
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      Authorities say a taxi driver was killed and four firefighters were hurt when the cab crashed into a fire police van in northeastern Pennsylvania. The accident ...

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        May 21--The volunteer fire company members injured in Sunday's crash in CoolbaughTownship have a long road to recovery ahead, Coolbaugh Township Assistant Fire …
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        ... this accident occurred in the ... suddenly a taxi approaching from the opposite direction crossed ... "Coolbaugh firefighters get sobering view of ...
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        As they were cruising along, suddenly a taxi approaching from the opposite direction crossed over the center line and the two vehicles collided head on. The cab driver was killed at the scene. Three of the four firefighter were hurt; two seriously.
        Word of the accident spread quickly to other members of the fire department. Among them were the fire chief and a fire captain, whose sons were the two teens in the accident vehicle.
        The crash had left the cab of the service vehicle a mangled mess. Doors wouldn't open so emergency crews had to extricate the victims.
        The crash is still being investigated. In sorting out the extent of injuries just after the wreck it was determined that the two professional firefighters suffered the worst. One had cut his head and apparently suffered a broken jaw in the crash. The other, who had been driving, suffered a compound bone fracture and internal bleeding.
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      The crash occurred around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Coolbaugh Township. ... There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash.
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      The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Coolbaugh Township. ... There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash. Advertisement.
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      The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Coolbaugh Township. ... There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash. Advertisement.
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