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Child Killed in Providence Bus Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

9-year-old Ani Emdjian was killed last Thursday when she was hit by a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The Providence Journal reports that Ani was walking with her father at the intersection of Smith Street and Holden when she was struck by the Route 57 bus. The incident occurred around 8:40 am.

The bus driver, 42-year-old Eric Seaberg, is described as a 16-year transit agency veteran with a good driving record.

Providence authorities are continuing with their investigations into the accident.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2012. An additional 76,000 pedestrians were injured.
  • Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash on each trip than passenger vehicle occupants.
  • One in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 killed in auto accidents in 2012 were pedestrians.

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Corpus Christi Woman Dies after Motorcycle Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

New reports suggest a woman who was involved in a motorcycle accident in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday has died from her injuries.

New Details on the Corpus Christi Motorcycle Crash

The woman was a passenger on a motorcycle that rear-ended another vehicle on Saratoga Boulevard near Staples early Sunday evening.

Preliminary reports suggest that the driver of the other vehicle pulled onto Saratoga Boulevard from the HEB Plus parking lot, cutting of the motorcycle. The man operating the motorcycle attempted to avoid the passenger vehicle, but failed.

Both riders were thrown from the motorcycle and suffered head injuries. The female passenger has since died of her injuries while the male driver of the motorcycle remains in critical condition.

The driver of the other vehicle told police she did not see the oncoming motorcycle.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013. This marked a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths reported in 2012.
  • Motorcyclists accounted for 495 of the fatalities recorded in 2013. 53 percent of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people suffering a serious injury.
  • Using available crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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18-Wheeler Involved in Fatal Texas Accident Lacked Permits

Author Jarod Cassidy

Regulators have found that the tractor-trailer responsible for a deadly accident at a Central Texas overpass did not have the special permits required to carry an oversized load.

New Details Released Following Fatal Accident

One person was killed and three others were injured last Thursday when an 18-wheeler carrying an oversized load snagged a bridge beam on an Interstate 35 overpass in Salado, causing sections of the bridge to collapse.

While no citations were issued Thursday, NBC-DFW reports that officials investigating the incident have determined that the truck involved was not permitted to carry the oversized load.

Additionally, the Department of Public Safety estimates the load being carried by the tractor-trailer exceeded 14 feet in height – the bridge the truck attempted to pass under had three advisory signs posted indicating a clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Authorities are continuing with their investigations. The company that owned the semi, Lares Trucking, has been the subject of five inspections over the past two years. On two of those occasions, investigators noted defects that were significant enough to pull their trucks out of service.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 3,921 trucking fatalities in 2012 – a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of the 2012 fatalities:
    • 73 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 10 percent were non-occupants including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012, marking an 18-percent increase over 2011.
  • Texas led the nation in fatal trucking accidents in 2012.

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