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20 Children Injured After Truck Hits School Bus

Author Jarod Cassidy

20 children in Fresno, California were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor and moderate injuries after after their school bus was struck by a tanker truck.

About the School Bus Crash

According to ABC News, the collision occurred around 2 pm Monday at the intersection of Elm and Central Avenue.

Witnesses claim that the driver of the tractor-trailer proceeded through a stop sign at the intersection, not realizing that the school bus did not have to stop at the intersection.

The bus was unable to stop in time and collided with the truck.

In total, 20 children were hospitalized with various injuries. The intersection was closed for hours as hazmat crews emptied the 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from the tanker and cleared the scene.

U.S. Trucking Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed and another 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012.
  • Both the number of deaths and the numbers of injuries recorded in 2012 increased from 2011 when 3,781 people were killed and 88,000 people were injured.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2012:
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

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3 Children Injured by Inflatable Toy Blown into Air

Author Tina Robinson

Three children were injured Monday when the inflatable bounce house they were playing inside was blown into the air, according to a report by ABC News. The accident happened in a townhouse community in South Glens Falls, New York.

About the Bounce House Injuries

Police say the stakes holding the bounce house to the ground came loose, causing the structure to be blown into the air. Three children were inside the bounce house at the time of the accident, including a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6.

The girl, who was near the doorway of the bounce house, sustained minor injuries. The two boys fell approximately 15 feet; one boy landed on a parked car and the other landed on asphalt.

The two boys remain hospitalized and the extent of their injuries has not been disclosed.

Bounce House Injury Statistics

In a report from November 2012, the Huffington Post noted that injuries related to bounce houses had risen dramatically in recent years. Injuries rose from under 1,000 children treated in emergency rooms in 1995 to nearly 11,000 in 2010. More than one-third of the injuries treated were sustained by children aged 5 and under. The report also noted that between 2003 and 2007, at least four children had died in bounce house accidents.

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Two Orlando Health Workers Exposed to MERS

Author Jarod Cassidy

Two health care workers in Orlando, Florida were exposed to the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus while working with a patient.

Health Care Workers Exhibit Symptoms of Deadly Virus

According to Reuters, one worker has been hospitalized and another has been isolated in his home after the two were exposed to a patient with MERS.

The exposure occurred prior to the patient being diagnosed, and both health care workers have begun to exhibit symptoms of the deadly virus.

The patient is the second confirmed case of MERS to occur in the United States.

About  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • MERS is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.
  • First discovered in 2012, most people diagnosed with MERS have developed severe acute respiratory illness, and more than 30 percent of those with confirmed cases have died.
  • The first U.S. case of MERS was confirmed on May 2 in a traveler from Saudi Arabia. The patient is thought to be fully recovered and was released from the hospital.
  • A second U.S. case was confirmed on May 11 in another traveler from Saudi Arabia. 

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