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Eye Injuries Caused by Liquid Laundry Packets Surge Among Small Kids

Shelby Scroggins4 hours ago

Liquid laundry packets, which have previously been linked to thousands of poisoning incidents as children mistake them for toys or candy, are not responsible for a growing number of eye injuries in children.

What are Liquid Laundry Packets?

Also, known as laundry detergent pods, liquid laundry packets were introduced in the U.S. in 2010.

They are made up of concentrated liquid detergent inside a membrane, which dissolves when in water. The liquid laundry packets are colorful and small.

How are the Eye Injuries Occurring?

According to reports, eye injuries occur when kids squeeze and pop the packets, causing the detergent to squirt in their eye; or the detergent gets on their hands and they proceed to rub their eyes.

According to R. Sterling Haring, a physician researcher at the John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, most parents are unaware that the packets may potentially harm their children’s vision.

Eye injuries logged in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2010 until the end of 2015 were analyzed by Haring and his colleagues. The study searched for incidents that led to chemical burns or conjunctivitis effecting 3 and 4 year olds.

According to JAMA Ophthalmology, between 2012 and 2015, preschool aged kids who received chemical burns to the eye caused by liquid laundry packets surged 32-fold. An industry group countered that the study analyzed data prior to the new voluntary safety standards implemented to prevent like injuries.

In the age group from 3 to 4, the first eye injuries from the laundry packets were reported in 2012, with 12 documented for that year. By the end of 2015, 480 injuries were documented.

Prevention of Injury to Young Children

The American Cleaning institute introduced a voluntary safety standard to ensure the packets will be durable enough to withstand a child constantly squeezing the packet, this concept was created December 2015.

The standard also demands that the soluble membrane will taste bitter in order to keep the contents out of children’s mouths, and the packaging to be dull in order to be less likely to attract the attention of children.

A statement reports that “Manufacturers of liquid laundry detergent packets are very committed to reducing the number of incidents with these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day.”

What to do if Your Child Suffers an Eye Injury

If the contents get in your child’s eye you should: rinse the eye with cool water for 20 minutes, then take the child to the emergency room or an ophthalmologist immediately.

Haring states, “The longer that these chemicals stay in the eye, the more likely they are to cause permanent damage to vision and the eye itself.”

1 Dead in Callahan County Crash

Jarod Cassidy4 hours ago

A two vehicle crash in Callahan County, Texas claimed the life of a Montgomery resident early Monday morning.

About the Fatal Callahan County Crash

According to reports, Jonah Wayne Neal, 32, was killed when his 18-wheeler crashed into another tractor-trailer that had previously jackknifed and was blocking the highway.

The accident occurred on State Highway 36 roughly 12 miles south of Baird around 12:40 am.

The driver of the other semi was treated and the scene and released. The accident remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,903 people were fatally injured in trucking accidents in 2014, marking a slight decrease from the 3,981 deaths recorded in 2013.
  • Of those killed in 2014:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident death in 2014 with 553 trucking-related fatalities recorded. California followed Texas with 300 deaths.

Driver Charged in Fatal Bland County Pedestrian Accident

Jarod Cassidy5 hours ago

27-year-old Alex B. Nunley is facing three felony charges following a fatal hit-and-run that left two women dead and a third injured.

About the Bland County Hit-and-Run

According to WSLS, Nunley struck the three women as they were out for a daily morning walk along Wilderness Road. The women heard Nunley’s vehicle approaching and moved into a single-file line in order to allow Nunley to pass; however, Nunley’s vehicle veered off the road and into the ditch line.

One woman was able to jump out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, but the other two women, identified as Connie Dehart, 69, and Frances Burgess, 66, were fatally struck – both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Nunley fled the scene of the accident, but an investigation lead Bland County Sheriff’s deputies to a residence in the Holly Brook community where the deputies located Nunley’s Ford Thunderbird.

Nunley was detained and charged with three felony counts of hit-and-run, one count of reckless driving, and one count of failure to report an accident.

The investigation is ongoing.

National Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2013. This averages to about one pedestrian death every 2 hours.
  • A additional 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms in 2013 for traffic-related injuries.
  • On average, a pedestrian is 1.5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident on each trip than occupants of passenger vehicles.
  • Pedestrians over the age of 65 accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2013.

Worker Killed at Highway 169 Construction Site

Jarod Cassidy5 hours ago

A construction worker was killed Monday after a large metal pipe became dislodged from a trailer and fell on him.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to KSTP, the accident occurred at a job site on the Highway 169 southbound ramp at the intersection with Londonderry Drive in Minnetonka.

David Earl Hyde, 38, was helping to unload the metal pipe from the trailer when the pipe fell on top of him. Other workers administered first aid as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Unfortunately, Hyde was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified of the incident, and Hyde’s death remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths per week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • 4,379 of the recorded fatalities occurred in private industry and 937 were linked to construction.
  • Among the leading causes of death at construction sites were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Dump Truck in Tampa Hit-and-Run

Jarod Cassidy7 hours ago

Tampa authorities arrested the owner of a area trucking company Monday following a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run accident and a short police chase.

Details of the Fatal Hit-and-Run

According to the Tampa Bay Times, David Yribar-Hernandez, 46, was driving a company dump truck on E Columbus Drive around 5:40 am when he struck and killed Stephen J. Waters, 39.

Yribar-Hernandez fled the scene but was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy around 8 am after witnesses provided authorities with descriptions of Yribar-Hernandez’s truck. He initially drove away when the deputy approached his dump truck; however, he was quickly stopped and detained by police.

Yribar-Hernandez was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death and fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported collisions in 2014, resulting in 3,903 deaths.
  • An additional 111,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in 2014.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents in 2014:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were nonoccupants including pedestrians and bicyclists

3 Children, 3 Adults Hospitalized After School Bus Crash

Jarod Cassidy8 hours ago

Three children and three adults were injured Monday after a school bus collided with a semi truck near New London, Wisconsin.

Details of the New London School Bus Crash

WBAY reports that the collision occurred when a New London School District bus was rear ended by a tractor-trailer along Highway 45 around 7:30 am.

The bus had stopped to pick-up a student when the crash occurred.

Three children, ages 11- to  14-years-old, were transported to ThedaCare Medical Center-New London for treatment. Three adults, including the bus driver and truck driver, were also hospitalized following the crash.

The collision remains under investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2014.
  • Transit buses accounted for 33 percent of all bus accident recorded between 2004 and 2014. Inner city buses account for 13 percent of bus accidents.
  • From 2009 to 2014, the number of injury related crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent.

Man Dies, Woman Injured After 18-Wheeler Overturns Onto SUV

Jarod Cassidy1 day ago

A man was killed and his wife was airlifted to a trauma center Friday after a tractor-trailer overturned and landed on top of their vehicle.

Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident

WITN reports that the 18-wheeler was heading north on Highway 11 in Lenoir County, North Carolina when a second tractor-trailer pulled in front of it. The first 18-wheeler swerved to avoid the second but clipped the second 18-wheeler’s trailer.

The first 18-wheeler then hit an SUV that was topped at a stop sign and overturned on to the vehicle.

Stacy Smith, 68, was killed in the accident. His wife, 48-year-old Melissa Smith, was freed from the wreckage and flown to Vidant Medical Center.

The driver of the second tractor-trailer, Steven Brunt, 20, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

18-Wheeler Accident Statistics

The follow information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic accidents in 2014.
  • Trucking accidents killed 3,903 people and injured 111,000 others in 2014.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were nonoccupants including pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Texas led the nation in trucking-related deaths with 553 fatalities reported. Texas was followed by California with 300 fatalities reported.

Driver Travels in Incorrect Lane for 11 Miles, Collides with 18-Wheeler

Jarod Cassidy1 day ago

According to the Herald-Dispatch, a wrong-way driver traveled the wrong direction on Interstate 64 for 11 miles before hitting a tractor-trailer in Huntington, West Virginia.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to authorities, police first received 911 calls about a wrong-way driver on Interstate 64 around 4 am Friday. Callers stated a tan sedan was speeding westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Two officers responded in separate vehicles and attempted to stop the car, traveling eastbound in the eastbound lanes. The first patrol car was passed by the sedan and the second was traveling behind the tractor-trailer the sedan eventually collided with.

The driver of the sedan, identified as 23-year-old Dwayne Eddie Bowman, Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials determined that Bowman had traveled at least 11 miles in the wrong direction prior to the collision.

Family Members Break into Car Lot, Take Evidence

At around 5 pm Friday, dispatcher received notification that a man had climbed over the barbed-wire fence that surrounded the car lot housing Bowman’s damaged vehicle. The man was later identified as Bowman’s father, Dwayne Eddie Bowman Sr., 52.

The man began throwing items from his son’s vehicle over the fence to Teresa Lynn Stevens, 55, mother of the deceased, and Jesse James Stevens, 34, brother of the deceased.

Among the items taken from the vehicle were suspected marijuana and $81 cash. All three have since been charged with felony entering without breaking. The items were listed as evidence in complaints from the Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Trucker in Fatal Missouri Crash Had History of Traffic Convictions

Jarod Cassidy1 day ago

A truck driver who caused a fatal crash on I-44 near Stafford, Missouri had at least 12 previous traffic convictions according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Details of the Fatal Trucking Accident

According to the Springfield News-Leader, the fatal trucking accident occurred when Narinder P. Singh, 44, failed to slow his vehicle as he approached the scene of a prior accident, despite signage put out by emergency responders.

Singh attempted to swerve out of a lane with stalled traffic but struck the rear of a passenger vehicle causing Singh to lose control of his tractor-trailer. As the semi overturned, it struck a Ford pickup truck and crushed the truck’s driver side door.

The driver of the pickup, 43-year-old David D. Lambeth was killed in the collision.

Singh initially told investigators that a car cut him off and that he was unable to slow down; however, several eye witnesses provided conflicting accounts to Singh’s.

About Singh’s Arrest and Prior Convictions

Singh was arrested after the accident and has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. He is being held at the Greene County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Records show Singh has been convicted of leaving the scene of a crash, speeding on at least six separate occasions, failing to obey traffic signs twice, having defective equipment, failing to appear in court, and driving with a suspended license.

These previous convictions span six different states.

1 Dead, 1 Injured in Tyler Electrical Accident

Jarod Cassidy1 day ago

One contractor was killed and one remains hospitalized following an electrical accident that occurred as the two were working on a damaged utility pole.

Details of the Fatal Incident

According to KLTV, Wesley Ray Cain, 34, and Billy Titsworth, 42, were both transported the hospital following an electrical accident in Tyler, Texas. Cain was pronounced dead after arriving to ETMC while Titsworth was transferred to Dallas after being transported to Trinity Mother Francis.

Cain and Titsworth were working on a utility pole that was damaged early Friday morning after it was struck by a vehicle when the accident occurred.

Reports indicate one of the men came in contact with a wire that was still live. The electricity was transferred to the other individual through bodily contact.

The incident remains under investigation. The driver of the vehicle that struck the utility pole has since been arrested after fleeing the scene.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths per day.
  • Of the fatalities recorded in 2015, 4,379 occurred in private industry and 937 were linked to construction.
  • Among the leading causes of work-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between