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BMW Motorcycle Recall Notice

Author Cordes Crawford

BMW has issued a recall of approximately 49,000 motorcycles for a safety hazard.

About the BMW Motorcycle Recall

According to reports, if bolts that hold the rear wheels to a flange are over-tightened, the flange can crack. If that happens, the bolts can loosen and the wheel may not stay secured to the bike.

One accident has been reported involving a 2004 motorcycle that crashed in Spain last August. BMW says the rider and passenger suffered scrapes and bruises.

Models Affected by the BMW Recall

  • 2005-2010 R1200GS
  • 2005-2010 R1200RT
  • 2006-2010 R1200GS Adventure
  • 2007-2010 R1200R
  • 2007 R1200S
  • 2007 K1200R Sport
  • 2005-2007 R1200ST
  • 2008-2009 HP2 Megamoto
  • 2006 HP2 Enduro
  • 2008-2010 HP2 Sport
  • 2005-2008 K1200S
  • 2006-2008 K1200R
  • 2006-2008 K1200GT
  • 2009-2011 K1300S
  • 2010-2011 K1300R
  • 2009-2010 K1300GT

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Children Hospitalized after San Antonio Collision

Author Jarod Cassidy

Two children and two adults were among those transported to the hospital following a head-on collision in west San Antonio on Monday afternoon.

About the San Antonio Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a Dodge SUV was traveling eastbound on Culebra Road when it was struck head-on by a Ford F-150. Authorities state the driver of the F-150 had fallen asleep behind the wheel and drifted into oncoming traffic.

Four occupants of the SUV, two children, ages 2 and 4, and their mother and grandmother, were transported to the hospital. A 2-month-old that was in the vehicle was uninjured.

Authorities took the detained the driver of the F-150 and are trying to determine if the man was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2013 – a 1.05-percent decline from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 523 deaths were attributed to head-on collisions in 2013.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 1,089 traffic fatalities in 2013.

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21 Injured in L.A. Train Derailment

Author Jarod Cassidy

A Los Angeles commuter train derailed on Saturday after striking a car near the University of Southern California. Reports indicate 21 people were injured in the incident, two of them seriously.

Details of the L.A. Train Derailment

Reuters reports the accident occurred around 11 a.m. at a crossing on Exposition Boulevard.

A preliminary investigation suggests the silver Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on the boulevard, alongside the commuter train, when it attempted to turn in front of the train. The resulting collision caused the lead train car to leave the tracks and crash through a metal fence.

The train’s operator suffered serious injuries, and the driver of the Sonata was reported to be in “grave condition.” Emergency responders had to use the jaws of life to extract the driver of the Sonata from his vehicle.

At least 19 other people sustained minor injuries, 10 of which were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Last month, 50 people were injured and one person was killed when a Los Angeles-bound Metrolink Train derailed after colliding a pickup truck.

2014 Train Accident Statistics

The following statistics are based on preliminary data obtained by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis:

  • In 2014, there were 2,280 railroad crossing accidents resulting in 267 deaths and 832 injuries.
  • This marked an increase over 2013 when 2,096 accidents and 231 deaths were reported.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of every four crashes occurred within miles of the motorist’s home and fifty percent occurred within five miles of the motorist’s home.
  • Motorists are 20 times more likely to die in an accident involving a train than an accident involving another motor vehicle.

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