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Four Dead in Memorial Day Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

Four people are dead following a three vehicle accident along Highway 77 near Refugio, Texas just after 7 pm..

About the Refugio Car Crash

According to KRIS-TV, a Chevrolet Suburban was traveling south on Highway 77 when the vehicle lost control, hydroplaned across the median, and head-on with a Ford Mustang.

Police have confirmed that two of the three people traveling in the Suburban and both occupants of the Mustang died at the scene. Earlier reports indicated that all four victims were from the Rio Grande Valley.

The third occupant of the Suburban was rushed to the hospital, but their condition is currently unknown. There is also no information on the third vehicle’s involvement in the crash

Investigations into the accident are ongoing, and no citations have been issued.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation:

  • 3,399 people were killed in auto accidents along Texas roadways in 2012, up 3,067 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • An additional 230,506 people were injured in car crashes with 87,087 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • 533 people were killed in head-on collision and 55.7 percent of all recorded traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas.
  • 481 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2012, up 13.2 percent from 2011, and 56 pedalcyclists were killed, up 19.1 percent from 2011.

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Toddler Struck, Killed by Chicago Transit Authority Bus

Author Tina Robinson

Chicago authorities are investigating a fatal bus accident that happened on Monday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. Initial reports say a 19-month-old girl was struck and killed by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus.

Details of the Fatal CTA Bus Accident

The accident happened near the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 7700 block of South Shore Drive in Chicago. Neighbors say it is a common gathering place for children to play despite heavy traffic along the road.

On Monday, a child identified as Cherish C. Meyers, 19-months-old, darted in front of an oncoming CTA bus. Reports say the driver attempted to swerve but was unable to avoid hitting the child. Meyers became trapped underneath the bus and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus driver was taken to the University of Chicago medical center with unspecified injuries.

Pedestrian Injury Facts

In 2010, about 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An additional 70,000 were injured. Tragically, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a vehicle occupant.

The CDC also notes that children are one of the groups most a risk for pedestrian injuries. Of children killed in motor vehicle accidents, about one in five are pedestrians. 

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N.J. Transit Bus, Car Collide Killing Two Teens, Injuring 13

Author Tina Robinson

A collision between a N.J. Transit Bus and a car left two teens dead and 13 people injured on Monday afternoon in Pleasantville, N.J., according to a report from NBC Philadelphia.

About the Fatal Bus Accident

The accident happened at approximately 2 p.m. at the intersection of North Franklin Blvd. and Old Turnpike. A statement from the Pleasantville Police Department says a red car traveling along Franklin Blvd. “for some odd reason,” crossed the center line and collided head-on with an N.J. Transit Bus.

The car that struck the bus had five occupants at the time of the crash, all under the age of 20. Two passengers, described only as a male and female, died in the crash. The driver, identified as an 18-year-old female, and two additional passengers were injured in the crash. 10 bus passengers also sustained injuries in the accident.

The section of road where the accident occurred is a 25 mph zone, but witnesses reported seeing the car traveling at approximately 60 mph moments before the crash.

Teen Driving Facts

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2010, seven teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed each day as the result of motor vehicle-related injuries. That year, a total of 2,700 teens were killed and 282,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Teens most at risk include males, teens driving with teen passengers, and newly licensed teens. 

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