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the first responders' calls for help. >> accident, multiple patients entrapped. rescue 45, maidencreek township. >> i have one person entrapped for triage, bring one yellow. one refusal. >> tonight we have live team coverage. the nbc 10 investigators are looking into the truck driver's background. we begin with nbc 10 lehigh valley reporter randy gyllenhall. he's live at the scene in reading. what can you tell us, randy? >> reporter: police say it's unusual to file charges so early in a case like this but they were able to because of strong video evidence. a surveillance camera here at the dunkin' donuts caught the entire accident. it was like watching it live. they are not releasing that specific video but we were able to obtain video from accidents earlier. you watch the driver heading
south on route 222. police say he's asleep at the wheel. >> the truck driver was barreling southbound, captured on this video seconds before impact. police say he was asleep, then wakes up and tries to slam on the brakes but it's too late. two people are dead, nine people injured. the truck driver walked away without so much as a broken bone. >> but it is clear that he dozed off and it is clear he was driving too fast. >> reporter: officials are now charging 50-year-old steven bernier, he was working the overnight shift hauling material for cougle recycling out of hamburg. police say his truck slammed into two cars leaving the dunkin' donuts drive-through, pinning them against this large sign, trapping the two people who died. the entire accident was caught on video, crucial to the police investigation. >> the video really depicked this horrific accident and it showed that clearly there was
nothing other than the tractor-trailer that was responsible for this incident. >> reporter: amid the chaos and crumpled metal, actions of courage and quick thinking. >> i knew there was a crash. >> reporter: officer robert wood was at the dunkin' donuts at the crash and ran over to help victims. one car was crushed like a soda can. >> i've been here 16 years and this is the worst i've seen, being right there at the time it's happening. >> reporter: this crash scene is now clear. there's no debris left on the road and the traffic isç back open. results are pending a blood test. he is now in police custody. live in berks county, randy gyllenhall, nbc 10 news. >> thank you, randy. neighbors and businesses watched in horror at what unfolded outside their window. several witnesses told nbc 10 they had just arrived at work when the accident happened. >> i heard a big bang and
noticed the two tractor-trailers right where the dunkin' donuts was and instantly all the other cars started smashing into each other and instant mayhem, people screaming. >> there were cars in the field, the tractor-trailer and the car was up against the sign at dunkin' donuts. it looked like an explosion went off. >> police say the driver fell asleep at the wheel. neighbors and nearby workers claimed this has been a deadly stretch of road for years. so who is the truck driver now facing charges? nbc 10 investigative reporter harry hairston has been digging and joins us now with new information. >> reporter: well, renee, we are still going through state and federal records checking out the background of the drive and the company he worked for. we discovered the driver steve bernier does have a criminal record. right now he is on megan's list. back in 2004, police arrested him for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13. a court convicted him in 2006.
we've also learned when it comes to roadway, state court record shows he was issued a ticket for operating unsafe equipment just this past september. he pled guilty. we checked federal safety records for the company he drove for, cougle recycling. the feds inspected them four times over the past two years. they were cited for a seat belt infraction last year. of course we are still checking more federal records to see if there's anything else to learn about that company. tonight, bernier faces charges that include two counts of homicide by vehicle and nine counts of assault of aggravated assault while driving. for the investigators, harry hairston, nbc 10 news. well, as harry told us, ra bernier faces a slew of charges, two count s of homicide by
vehicle. we'll bring you more as we find out more. nbc 10 in ventnor, people were bundled up as they walked along the boardwalk. as we take a live look at center city, it is below freezing. how cold is it going to get tonight? let's go to nbc 10 chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. glenn? well, renee, i think things will be leaving off a little bit tonight. we're not going to be setting any kind of records. some places the temperature may go up a little bit. these were the existing records for this morning, including 20 degrees in philadelphia, those records go back about 1870. that's a long way back. we tied that record that was set in 1936. reading tied the record and georgetown, delaware, broke the record with 19 degrees. right now it's 31ç in philadelphia. our high today so far, 33. and that would be a record also
for the lowest maximum temperature for the dates. only 27 in allentown, 29 in dover and atlantic city. not a whole lot of wind, at least not at the moment. a little bit of a south wind making the wind chills lower. you can see the temperatures kind of leveling off as we go through the night tonight. it's going to stay cold for quite a while. i'll tell you when it's going to warm up and when the next rain is coming in with the seven-day in a few minutes. see you shortly, glenn. tonight, philadelphia's race for mayor has more candidates. pennsylvania state senator tony williams is expected to announce he's in race. that will make williams the fourth democratic candidate to declare for the election that's less than a year away. lynne ab ra hraham announced to she's in, too. lu ann cahn at temple university. lu ann? >> reporter: we're at the top of
morgan hall on the temple university campus where our own nbc 10's jim rosenfield is moderating this panel of experts put together by the chamber of commerce. they are talking about what the future mayor will have to tackle but first, i can tell you he or she will have to beat a lot of other candidates. >> what i'm against selling wholesale, the entire public school system to the highest bidder. >> reporter: lynne abraham came out firing, saying the next mayor of philadelphia has to fight for fairness in school funding, open discussion on the proposed sale of pgw. >> there's a dysfunctional relationship between the mayor's office and city council. >> reporter: at 72 the former five-time district attorney says -- >> i've got lots of dreams, lots of energy, nobody's going to outrun me, outcampaign me, outtalk me, outthink me. >> she will not be the candidate of the established democratic party. >> reporter: a former republican candidate for mayor three times, sam katz says abraham is smart and savvy but wonders if she can raise the kind of money ken
trujillo was raising. the former governor mayor ed rendell at his side. anthony williams is announcing now. that makes a foursome of declared candidates with terry gillen, the former city director of federal affairs and there's a long list of undeclared potential candidates including daryll clark, seth williams, doug oliver, former councilman frank rizzo jr., even sam katz. >> i would not consider running under a party banner. the other thing doesn't have a banner. >> you're not ruling out running? >> i'm not ruling it out. >> reporter: who knows who is going to announce next. meanwhile, one of the mayoral candidates, ken trujillo is here in this crowd listening to experts about the best way to grow this city. we'll have a full report on nbc
10 news tonight at 11:00. live at temple university, lu ann cahn, nbc 10 news. breaking news to tell you about. city's revel casino is off. nbc 10 has confirmed brookfield asset management llc is terminating the deal. a judge last month approved brookfield to buy revel for $110 million. brookfield said it had plans to re-open revel as a casino. we're working on the reasons here and what might happen next for revel. get the latest tonight on nbc 10 news at 11:00. 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and left with a sexually transmitted disease as well. upper darby police say the assault took place several months ago but it was discovered yesterday by doctors when her mother took her to a hospital. the suspect is 18 years old. nbc 10 is not revealing his name because the suspect is related to the victim and of course we want to protect her privacy. it's the best way for me to
describe this guy is an animal. a 5-year-old little girl. not only that, as horrible as that is, and then to pass on a sexually transmitted disease at 5 years old is like unconscionable. i can't imagine it. >> now, authorities are holding the suspect on $250,000 bond tonight. a first for a new jersey since it began allowing internet gambling, the pala band of indi indians plan a full launch of a website on monday once it's approved by the state. bill cosby facing new fallout tonight. the two major companies taking action as he faces allegations of sexual assault. and what a local prosecutor now says about his investigation of cosby back in 2005. i'm tracking the arctic blast. i'll let you know how long it's going to last and tell you when you can expect relief with temperatures near 70 degrees.
boardwalk, employees of the taj mahal and members of its largest union are calling on businessman carl icahn to saef tve the casi trump entertainment resorts posted these notices at the taj mahal. the signs warn customers to cash in comps and other incentives by december 12th. robert griffin compared united local 54 president bob mcdevitt to russian dictator joseph stalin. two major companies are distancing themselves from bill cosby after supermodel janice dickinson joined a group of women accusing cosby of sexual assault. nbc is scraping a cosby project it was developing and netflix is postponing its premiere of a cosby standup comedy special. tonight nbc 10 went back to the local prosecutor who investigated cosby in 2005. we learned the prosecutor also
looked into claims from other women. nbc 10's rosemary connors live right now in ardmore and rosemary, what did you find out? >> bruce caster told me he spoke to a few women in 2005 who had similar claims against cosby but there wasn't enough evidence. it wasn't reliable and their claims were from many years ago. he tells me, though, he wishes he were able to bring criminal charges again the comedian and actor. >> did we miss an opportunity to arrest cosby back then and stop further attacks? maybe we didç miss an opportuny and could have stopped further attacks if we had had a victim that had come forward sooner. >> reporter: as the district attorney of montgomery county in 2005, bruce caster, now a county commissioner, investigated the only criminal complaint filed against comedian bill cosby. the victim claimed that the year before she came forward, that
cosby drugged and assaulted her in his cheltenham mansion after he invited her over to give career advice. >> i didn't have to make a credibility determination on the victim. i immediately believed what she said. that wasn't enough to get a conviction. >> reporter: commissioner caster tells me he needed something scientific, a blood test from the victim or dna evidence to bring charges. he did interview bill cosby. >> i thought that the fact that cosby cooperated with us was a smart tactical move because had he not done so, that might have been evidence and we could have used against him. but he only told us things he knows we already knew. i found that to be suspicious. >> reporter: while commissioner caster ultimately did not bring criminal charges against cosby, the victim did settle her civil lawsuit against him out of court. >> in this particular instance we were unable to get criminal justice but we were able to get civil justice and now we're able to get public shaming which is a form of criminal justice.
>> is that what you think is beginning on right now, public shaming of bill cosby? >> i don't know if that's the intent but that's what's happening. i don't have a problem with that. >> reporter: commissioner caster tells me that at the time when he had to make the announcement that he was not going to bring criminal charges against bill cosby, he says he had to be very careful about the wording because there was that civil lawsuit, that civil case, going on and he did not want to taint the jury that could have come into that case. reporting live in montgomery county, i'm rosemary connors, nbc 10 news. new video into nbc 10 shows a fire as it broke out inside the abington township ymca's day-care center. repairs are under way. the cause of this fire could be putting others at risk as well. they believe a ge zone line package thermal air conditioner unit is to blame for this fire. it was recalled back in the summer of 2011. officials say the ymca did not know that.
now your nbc 10 first alert weather with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. >> the arctic cold that hit much of the country last week has come east and we set some record low temperatures this morning and this afternoon, the lowest maximum temperature for this date. the freeze continues for the rest of the week and even through saturday. but we do have some weekend relief before the weekend is over, it will be significantly warmer. well, right now it is certainly dry outside and the wind is turning to the south. that's keeping the temperature from dropping. it's still 31 degrees. feels like it is 22 degrees right now with the wind. 27 in allentown, glassboro and mt. holly also 27 degrees. 29 in atlantic cityç and dover 34 in stone harbor. we'll start seeing the temperatures go up. because look at the wind direction. it's not coming straight out of
the south and it's not that strong but it's enough to keep the temperatures from dropping much, in some cases making them go up overnight, about 10 miles an hour in some places right now. you can see on the future cast, if anything, the temperature in philadelphia goes up a little bit over the night tonight. we're still in the 20s north and west for the most part. we get into the 40s in parts of the jersey shore. it's going to be warmer than the 40s by sunday afternoon. looks like it will be well into the 50s for the eagles game and the rain holds off until sunday night. so that is some pretty good news. now, cold air will be with us the rest of the week. the warmer air does come in, sunday and monday, but it's not going to last. it's going to get colder again by the middle of next week. 28 for the low, philadelphia, 23 north and west.
during the day tomorrow, mostly sunny, windy and cold. gusts up to 30. that 42 to 45 will feel like it's in the 30s. the temperature will be in the 30s with lower wind chills on friday. another cold day on saturday. look how cold in the morning. but sunday, the temperature jumps up. 58 degrees. and then the rain comes in sunday night and into monday with some showers with warm winds, 70 degrees monday. we really drop off by wednesday. all right, hurricane, i'm john clark. why did shalesean mccoy get ups today?
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skate with the team in warmups and if it goes well, he is going to play against the rangers. this is a big surprise. just yesterday, hextall said the captain would not play tonight. he suffered a lower body injury in practice monday. hextall said he thought he would miss some time. claude walked into madison square garden in a walking boot. first win? they are hosting the 3-6 celtics. noel and williams will start together for the first time. he said to get away from everything, he and his stepfather every day would watch the "ellen" show on nbc 10. today she gave mcw a shoutout on her show. >> turns out that the 76ers are having a bad year. in fact they've not won a single game all season. and michael wrote an essay that i saw in "usa today" about how he deals with it and here's what he says.
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just glad we're not in buffalo. that's all i can say. >> what's amazing is that half of the country, 50% of the country, has snow on the ground right now. and it's only november. all right. we've got the arctic chill that's going to stay with us all the way through saturday. and you can see the low temperatures at night. it's just going to get a little bit colder by saturday. sunday and monday, we warm up. we get the rain, generally after the eagles finish their game. but it does look like it will cool down towards thanksgiving. >> thank you, glenn. for all of us here at nbc
10, thanks for watching. i'm renee chenault-fattah. the news continues with "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. tonight, another security scare outside the white house. have a good evening. on our broadcast tonight, paralyzed by a year's worth of snow in one storm. people stranded, a state of emergency in effect and several feet more on the way. taking action to stop up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. the president is about to go around congress and make a big change. show's over for bill cosby. new fallout by this network and others as new allegations have deeply tarnished his reputation. and pain in the neck, the national addiction to looking down at our devices at a severe angle and what it's all doing to the human body. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams.