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Two Dead in Houston Collision

Author Emaan Elahi

According to the Houston Chronicle, a Chevrolet Impala crashed into a parked flatbed trailer, killing two men.

About the Fatal Houston Crash

The deceased have been identified as Samuel Guana and Ha Saun Caston by the Harris County Sheriff.

Guana was the driver of the Chevrolet Impala, and Caston was riding in the vehicles front passenger seat. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the tractor-trailer.

The crash occurred in the morning on the East Sam Houston Parkway near Tidwell Road around 3 am Saturday.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2013 – this averages to one death every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • An additional 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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Dallas Nurse Hit by Shuttle Bus, Killed

Author Jasmine Reynolds

Authorities in Dallas are investigating an incident in which a nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital was struck and killed a shuttle bus.

Description of the Dallas Pedestrian Accident

According to the Dallas Morning News, Randal Dygert, 61, was crossing Harry Hines Boulevard near the hospital around 7 a.m. Friday when he was hit. Dygert was pronounced dead on the scene. His cause of death was from the impact of the privately owned shuttle bus.

According to the Dallas police spokesman, Officer Chinh Le, a second nurse was struck as well. Fortunately, she is in stable condition.

Investigators also reported that the driver, who was unidentified, did not immediately stop after hitting Dygert.  Dallas police are trying to identify the driver.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2012, more than two-thirds (69%) of the pedestrians killed were males, and the male pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 2.13 — more than double the rate for females (0.91 per 100,000 population).
  • 90-percent of all pedestrian fatalities recorded in 2012 involved a single vehicle.
  • In 2012, Texas ranked the second highest in auto-pedestrian accidents with 478 pedestrian deaths.

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Austin ISD Bus Driver Involved in Crash Had Suspended License

Author Farren Washington

An Austin Independent School District bus driver was involved in a crash last Thursday and was found to be driving with a suspended license.

Description of the Bus Crash

According to NBC News (KXAN), the bus had overturned along Interstate 35 in Round Rock, Texas during the morning commute; no students were on board at the time of the incident.

The bus came to rest between the southbound lanes of I-35 and the frontage road. The driver had neglected to pay for insurance and has since resigned.

Driving records are usually checked twice a year, but district officials stated they were not aware of the issue until after the crash. Checks are performed in January and June, but the district was uncertain whether anyone had looked into the driver’s record this month.

A second crash happened at the 12300 block of Lamplight Village Avenue, around 7:00 a.m. in North Austin. Three students were on board. No one was injured.

Information about Austin Independent School District Buses and Training

The Austin Independent School District has more than 400 drivers, and drops off 22,000 students each day.

Currently, Austin ISD is ahead of the curve when it comes to school bus safety. In 2012, Austin ISD was one of the few districts that received funding from the state to install the safety restraints.

Since then, Austin ISD has gone from having only 21 seatbelt-equipped buses to having restraints in every bus in their fleet.

Before getting behind the wheel, bus drivers have to go through extensive training and attend classes that focus on driving in bad weather. Every driver is also required to complete 20 hours of training and attend additional “refresher courses” throughout the year.

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