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Davis signs bill paying cost of fixing Capitol truck crash damage

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A bill paying the $16.5 million in damages caused by a truck driver who rammed the state Capitol last winter was signed Tuesday by Gov. Gray Davis.

However, the state expects to get the money back from the insurance policy for the company that owned the truck, Dick Simon Trucking of Salt Lake City, according to the author, Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater.

Truck driver Mike Bowers, 37, of Hemet, who had a history of legal and mental problems, drove his rig full of canned evaporated milk into the Capitol’s south portico on Jan. 16. The truck caught fire, killing Bowers and damaging the outside of the building and a Senate committee hearing room.

In addition, the inside of the building suffered smoke and water damage.

On the Net:

Read the bill, AB115, at http://www.sen.ca.gov

Read about the historic Capitol at http://www.assembly.ca.gov/museum

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