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Music Festival Stage Rush Ends in Multiple Injuries

Author Patrick Murray

At least 10 people were sent to the hospital after being injured in a crowd at a music festival in Arizona.

About the Festival Incident

According to Reuters, the incident happened at the Summer Ends Music Festival held at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona. Festivalgoers rushed the stage after the beginning of Rebelution’s set, a reggae band from California.

The stage rush resulted in a very dangerous scuffle in which some people were reportedly trampled and trapped up against the stage. Some of the dehydrated concertgoers fainted, and the paramedics were immediately called.

Paramedics saw approximately 300 people and sent about 12 to 16 people to the area hospital. Most people were seen for alcohol-related and heat-related injuries. There were about 28,000 fans in attendance throughout the day on Saturday. The weather was extremely hot, with a high of about 105 degrees.

Festival Officials Work to Improve Conditions

After the paramedics and crowd had returned to a normal state, Rebelution’s set continued.

Rapper J. Cole was the headliner for Saturday’s lineup. Also performing was G-Eazy, Slightly Stoopid, and Big Sean.

Officials worked hard to ensure Sunday’s events went without incident. Rapper Kanye West headlined Sunday’s events. In response to the rampant dehydration, there were multiple water stations set up throughout the park.

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Four Killed in Trucking Accident Near Baird, Texas

Author Elsie Aniekwe

Authorities are investigating a tragic collision that left four dead near Baird, Texas last Friday.

Details of the Fatal Baird Accident

According to KFYO, the fatal collision occurred just south of Baird when the driver of a pickup truck failed to stop at an intersection and broadsided a tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 71-year-od George Earl Nowlain, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pick-up, Joel Flores Jr., 24, and one of his passengers, Fernando Ramirez, 48, were also pronounced dead at the scene. Flores’ second passenger, 51-year-old Joel Ortega-Flores, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Officials are still investigating the collision.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012 – up 4-percent from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles
    • 381 were listed as non-occupants including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2012 – up from 88,000 in 2011.

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Head-On Collision Injures 5 in San Antonio

Author Kayla Giampaolo

On Wednesday morning, five people, including one child, were hospitalized after a head-on collision on San Antonio’s Northeast Side.

About the San Antonio Collision

According to the San Antonio Express-News, at around 8 a.m. on Monday morning crews rushed to 8000 block of Midcrown Drive following 911 calls that a 10-year-old boy was pinned inside a vehicle.

The young boy was taken by helicopter to the hospital for treatment. He is still in critical condition. Four others, whose ages are unknown, were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  

Authorities are investigating the incident.

Texas Auto Accident Attorney

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,534 traffic fatalities in 2014, marking a 3.70-percent increase from the 3,408 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • Head-on collisions claimed 581 lives in 2014.
  • An additional 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in 2014 with 17,152 people reporting serious injuries.

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