Details of the Head-On Collision
According to police reports cited by the Dallas Morning News, Garcia-Celaya had a blood alcohol concentration of .215 percent when he collided with another vehicle along Interstate 345 at Live Oak Street.
The Dallas County sheriff’s deputies received a call around 5 am that a black SUV was traveling the wrong way along Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Within minutes of receiving the report, officers were dispatched to respond to a head -on collision.
Garcia-Celaya’s GMC Yukon had struck a Ford pickup driven by a 24-year-old man. Dallas Fire-Rescue recorded to hydraulic tool to extract the men from their respective vehicles, and both were rushed to Baylor University Medical Center.
Police have not commented on the condition of either driver, but did state that Garcia-Celaya had been previously convicted of drunk driving in Dallas County in 2010.
Drunk Driving Statistics
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012.
- This marked a 4.6 increase over the number of drunk driving fatalities recorded in 2011 and accounted for 31 percent of all fatal accidents recorded for the year.
- The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 1,089 people were killed in drunk driving accidents along Texas roads in 2013, representing more than 32 percent of the 3,377 traffic related deaths recorded for the year.
- Drunk driving crashes were most prevalent between 2:00 am and 2:59 am – more of these accidents occurred on Saturday than any other day of the week.
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3-Year-Old Twins and 4-Year-Old Among Those Killed
A family of five from Townsend was traveling west along U.S. Highway 12, roughly 10 miles outside of Helena on Thursday when their vehicle collided with a fire engine moving eastbound.
Those killed in the crash include twins Peighton Charls and Madison Marie Boegli, 3, Breighton Paul Boegli, Matthew Carl Boegli, 29, Crystal Marie Ross, 30, and firefighter Todd Rummel, 44.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident. Rummel was driving the fire engine back from Helena, where its water pumps had been repaired, to Three Forks.
National Traffic Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 33,561 people were killed in traffic collisions in the U.S. in 2012 – up 3.3 percent from the 32.479 deaths recorded 2011.
- Of those killed :
- An additional 2,362,000 people were injured in traffic collisions in 2012, marking a 6.5 percent increase over 2011.
- Montana recorded a total of 209 traffic fatalities, 39 percent of which were attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol.
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About the Lovell Sugar Plant Accident
On January 4th, 2014, in Cheyenne, Wyo., Anfesa Galaktionoff, 28, fell through a door opening and into sugar beet-processing equipment. Galaktionoff died from injuries sustained in the fall.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is supposed to ensure workplace safety, however, they possess no record of ever inspecting the beet-processing plant. Western Sugar was inspected after the death of Galaktionoff and was charged with $71,000 in fines and 12 citations for failing to implement OSHA safety standards. Mick Finn, an agency lawyer, said that no records of inspection of the facility were conducted in the last five years before Galaktionoff’s death. While Western Sugar has been hit with numerous citations at its facilities, the citations didn’t trigger an inspection at the Lovell plant. Last July Western Sugar was charged $117,250 in fines after a January 2013 inspection at a Billings plant. The safety violations were charges of unguarded elevated platforms and horizontal shafting.
Western Sugar was formed in 2002 and is comprised of 1,400 grower-owners in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. The Western Sugar Cooperative’s beet processing plant is located in Lovell. The Lovell plant employs 50 people and adds 70 seasonal workers during winter beet-harvest months.
Wyoming is ranked among the top states with workplace fatalities with 12.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers. The union’s executive secretary in Wyoming, Kim Floyd, said that she wasn’t surprised that the state had not inspected the Lovell plant because the department does not have enough inspectors to look at every plant.
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