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Texas Community Gathers in Support of Fatal Crash Victims

Author Jasmine Roziers

Community members from two Texas towns came together in efforts to help the children of a couple that was killed in a fatal trucking accident last week.

About the Fatal Accident

According to KXII, the fatal accident occurred in Bonham, taking three lives. The accident happened Tuesday off of U.S. Highway 69 south of Leonard.

The couple's SUV collided head-on with a tractor-trailer rig. The fatalities include Tiane Wright, 32, and her fiance, Torrey Brown, 37. They also lost a 13-month-old child.

The towns of Bonham and Leonard came together to help the three orphaned children of Wright and Brown. The children are all elementary school aged.

To help pay for funeral costs, Bonham ISD hosted a fundraiser on Friday at the boys and girls varsity basketball games. 

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,377 traffic-related deaths in 2013.
  • 55.76 percent of traffic fatalities were associated with collisions that occurred in rural areas of the state.
  • 523 deaths were attributed to head-on collisions.
  • Using available data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured in an auto accident every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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2 Dead, 2 Injured in Corpus Christi Crash

Author Emaan Elahi South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

According to KIII-TV, the Department of Public Safety claims that a fatal accident which caused two deaths last Tuesday may have been caused by a medical problem suffered by the driver of a pickup truck.

About the Corpus Christi Accident

The accident occurred in Corpus Christi when investigators say a 26-year old male drove on the wrong side of the road on east of FM 624. He then crashed into another vehicle carrying 4 people, two of whom were declared dead at the scene.

The victims were 26-year old Rita Lynn Alegria and 42-year old Amy Alaniz Puga. An 11-year old child was injuries and was transported to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

The other surviving passenger, a 24-year old, was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition.

The driver of the pickup survived the accident and is in stable condition. Investigators claim he has been suffers from seizures and may have suffered a black out which caused the crash.

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 2013 – a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 1,883 traffic fatalities were linked to accidents that occurred in rural areas of the state, and 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • Using available crash data for the year, TxDOT estimates on person was killed in an auto accident every 2 hours and 36 minutes in 2013.

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Train Crash in New York, Finds of Electrified Rails Pierced Train

Author Jasmine Roziers

Investigators have determined that a fatal train fire was caused when an electrified rail pierced a Metro-North train during Tuesdays accident.

About the New York Train Wreck

According to Reuters, investigators have discovered that over a hundred feet of electrified rails pierced through parts of the train.

The first two carriages of the train were pierced, while the third one was not. Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spoke during a press conference about the accident and he states, "This third rail is just basically piling up inside that first train car."

Reports show that the fire was caused by the fuel leaking from the train's fuel tank. In the most tragic train wreck in years, five passengers on the train died and 15 were injured.

The sixth victim was Ellen Brody, the woman who's Mercedes Benz was stuck parked on the train tracks. Police are still investigating why Brody's car was stuck on the train tracks.

Train Accident Statistics

  • Collisions at grade crossings in the United States have declined by more than 40 percent to 2,091 in 2013, from 3,502 at the turn of the century, according to data compiled by the Association of American Railroads and the FRA.
  • Some 650 passengers regularly take the 5:44 train, which carries commuters through some of country's wealthiest suburbs.
  • The crash appeared to be the deadliest rail accident in the New York area since March 1982.
  • In a March 2014 report to the U.S. Congress, the FRA criticized the nation's second-largest railroad for a "poor safety culture" and "ineffective training".

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