Details of the Chicago Trucking Accident
According to CBS, truck driver Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, was speeding through a work zone and driving erratically when he failed to stop and barreled into three vehicles that were stopped in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 around 2:30 pm.
The three vehicles, two cars and a van, were crushed by the impact, leaving three women and an 11-year-old girl dead. Crews worked four hours before they were finally able to separate the vehicles involved in the collision.
Those killed in the collision have been identified as 54-year-old Vicky L. Palacios, of Coal City; 48-year-old Ulrike P. Blopleh, of Channahon; and 43-year-old Kimberly K. Britton and 11-year-old Piper Britton, of Urbana.
Three other people were airlifted to nearby hospitals with serious injuries – their conditions and identities have not been released.
Espinal-Quiroz has been arrested in connection with the accident and is charged with keeping a false log book and willfully entering false information. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Man Killed in Second Trucking Accident Minutes Later
A second man was killed as a result of a separate trucking accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 within minutes of the first collision.
The second crash occurred roughly three miles from the first crash and involved two tractor-trailers. Both truck drivers were rushed to the hospital for medical attention – one driver died shortly after.
The deceased driver was identified as 41-year-old Deividas Mockus.
Trucking Accident Statistics
Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4 percent increased from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
- Of those:
- Another 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents, up 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011.
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Unsafe Injection Practices
The report says that the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health has opened an investigation in Valley Pain Management, operated by Dr. Roland Chalifoux. Chalifoux has been accused of follow unsafe injection practices, including reusing needles and vials of medication on multiple patients.
A statement from the commissioner and state health officer of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Dr. Letitia Tierney, said. “Our primary responsibility in public health is to protect the public. While we cannot determine if these procedures caused any illnesses, it is possible this practice may have exposed Valley Pain Management patients to infections.”
The agency has requested a list of the clinic’s patients in order to contact them and advise they undergo tests for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that since 2001, more than 150,000 patients in the U.S. have been impacted in some way by unsafe medical injections. The CDC explains that these breaches of protocol can expose patients to “bloodborne illness such as hepatitis and HIV, and to life-threatening bacterial injections.”
The agency advises patients to ask the following questions of their healthcare provider:
- Will there be a new needle, new syringe, and a new vial for this procedure or injection?
- Can you tell me how you prevent the spread of infections in your facility?
- What steps are you taking to keep me safe?
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Emergency crews in Montgomery County, Texas responded to a house explosion early Tuesday morning that left three people injured.
About the Willis House Explosion
The Houston Chronicle is reporting the blast occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Tuesday at a home on Mandy Lane near Rogers. Three adults had to be flown by helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center in critical condition.
Authorities say they are unsure what caused the explosion.
Neighbors told the Houston Chronicle that they could hear and feel the explosion in their homes. “It was a huge explosion,” Faviola Gallaga told reporters. “The whole house just shook. It shook your whole body.”
One neighbor also said the force of the blast caused damage to his home as well.
Residential Fire Statistics
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides the following statistics about residential fires.
- Between 2009 and 2011, there was an average of 360,900 residential fires each year.
- On average, about 1,600 of those fires were fatal and resulted in about 2,495 fatalities each year.
- 92 percent of those killed in residential fires died from thermal burns and smoke inhalation.
- About 53 percent of residential fires occurred in bedrooms.
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