About the Fatal Accident
While transporting students to the Church at Mayfield in Middletown, Ohio, a Bible school van crashed through a railway-crossing gate and into the side of a moving freight train on the evening of Tuesday, July 28, reports FOX News. The crash killed one adult female passenger and injured the van diver and nine children.
Jan Martin, 62, was in the front passenger seat of the van and died 2 hours after the accident in Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. Nine children, ranging in age from 7 to 10 years of age, were transported to hospitals along with the female van driver, also 62. None of their injuries were deemed life threatening.
Investigators are trying to determine why the driver crashed the 2002 Ford passenger van through crossing gates and into the train. Ohio State Highway Patrol say that the gates were down and warning lights were activated at the crossing in Middletown as the van approached it.
Railroad Crossing Collision Statistics
- The United States Federal Railroad Administration’s (part of the U.S. Department of Transportation) highway-rail crossing data shows that the number of collisions, fatalities, and injuries have fallen significantly between 1981 and 2014.
- 1,985 collisions occurred at highway-rail crossings in 2012.
- Highway-rail crossings in 2012 saw 230 fatalities and 975 injuries.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3 of 4 crossing crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist’s home. 50% of all crashes occur within 5 miles.
- The NHTSA reports that a motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle.
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On July 23, 2015 UPPAbaby of Hingham, Massachusetts recalled 71,000 of it’s CRUZ and VISTA strollers and it’s RumbleSeats because the bumper bar on the seat creates a choking hazard when a child bites the bumper bar and removes a piece of the foam covering.
About the Choking Hazard
According the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the bumper bar on these recalled strollers and RumbleSeats can pose a serious threat because the bar’s covering is made from foam and may pose a choking hazard to children when bitten off.
UPPAbaby and the CPSC, urges consumers should immediately remove and stop using the bumper bar on these recalled strollers and RumbleSeats and contact the firm to receive a free bumper bar cover and warning label.
Deaths and Injury Reports
- UPPAbaby has received 22 reports of children biting off a piece of the bumper bar foam.
- No injuries or deaths have been reported.
- Description of Recalled Strollers
Description of the Recalled Stollers and Seats
All the information below provided by the US CPSC:
- The recalled models are the UPPAbaby 2015 CRUZ, 2015 VISTA strollers and 2015 RumbleSeat.
- The CRUZ strollers have an aluminum alloy grey or black frame with a black fabric toddler seat with a colored fabric sunshade canopy and a black basket under the seat.
- The VISTA strollers have grey or black aluminum frames, colored sunshade canopy and are made to hold one, two or up to three children.
- The RumbleSeat is a separate seat attachment that can be attached to the stroller frame.
- All of the strollers and RumbleSeats have a foam bumper bar across the middle for the child to hold
- The 2015 CRUZ strollers have model number 0181 and the serial number printed on a sticker with a barcode on the lower right frame of the stroller.
- BuyBuy Baby and other juvenile product were sold in retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from December 2014 through July 2015 for about $500 for the CRUZ stroller.
- $860 for the VISTA stroller and $170 for the RumbleSeat.
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Details of the Day Camp Accident
On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, a large pine tree fell on top of eight children attending a day camp at Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, California.
FOX News reports six of the eight children were treated on the scene, but two were sent to the hospital in critical condition.
The children were doing arts and crafts under the tree while waiting for their parents to pick them up for the day. It is unknown what caused the tree to uproot and fall.
First Responders Conduct Search-and-Rescue
After arriving, Fire Department dispatch began using power tools to cut the tree apart as part of a search-and-rescue measure.
California is in the midst of a severe drought that has lasted several years, though experts are unclear if this is a factor in the incident.
The museum has since reopened.
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