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18-Wheeler Causes Crash Involving Two Dozen Vehicles, Nearly 20 Injuries

Joseph Meaney5 hours ago

semi-truck speeding on highway

According to the Camp Verde Bugle, an 18-wheeler crashed into nearly two dozen vehicles on Interstate 17 in Black Canyon City, Arizona, causing numerous minor to severe injuries.

Cattle Uninjured in Crash

A Verde Livestock Transportation semi-truck drove south on Interstate 17 on Sunday at around 1:22 p.m. local time. The tractor-trailer carrying cattle failed to slow down for congested traffic on the interstate due to an earlier motorcycle accident.

The 18-wheeler continued to sideswipe and rear-end 23 vehicles, according to the Camp Verde Bugle. Four drivers sustained moderate to severe injuries and were flown to a Phoenix-area hospital. In addition, 13 other patients sustained injuries and received treatment at local hospitals.

The interstate closed for most of the day, and the Camp Verde Bugle reports that none of the cattle suffered injuries in the crash.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 3,903 people killed in crashes involving large trucks.
  • Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014 – an increase of 17 percent from an estimated 95,000 in 2013.

Five Pedestrians, Including Three Children, Struck by Car

Joseph Meaney5 hours ago

ambulance with lights on

According to WBTV, a driver crashed into five people, including three children, near the 4000 block of Dinglewood Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Details of the Pedestrian Accident

Police say a driver in a silver vehicle, possibly a Mercury Milan, crashed into the group of pedestrians at around 8:00 p.m. local time. The victims in the group include a 2-year-old girl, 2-year-old boy, 17-year-old boy, 20-year-old man, and a 28-year-old man. A 21-year-old woman also walked with the group but did not get hit.

The five victims were hospitalized with varying injuries. The 2-year-old boy received treatment at Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The other four victims sustained minor injuries.

According to WBTV, the driver did not stop after striking the group of pedestrians. Police are still searching for the driver and are asking for help from anyone with information.

Information on Pedestrian Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died and an estimated 65,000 sustained injuries in traffic crashes in the United States.
    • On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours in traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, pedestrians made up 15 percent of all traffic fatalities.
  • 24 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2014 occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m

Driver Faces Charges after Killing Two People in Head-on Crash

Joseph Meaney5 hours ago

set of car keys next to a glass of liquor

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a civilian military police officer faces drunk driving charges after crashing into and killing two people on Loop 1604 in San Antonio.

Details of the Fatal Collision

Justin Fey, 49, was driving on Loop 1604 on Saturday between Schuwirth Road and FM 1346 on San Antonio’s east side. Fey crossed into the opposite lane while attempting to pass another vehicle. According to News 4 SA, Fey crashed his vehicle into an oncoming pickup truck.

The man and woman in the front seats of the pickup truck died at the scene of the crash. Three children in the backseat of the truck suffered injuries, one taken by helicopter to University Hospital. The other two children also received treatment at University Hospital. News 4 SA reports that the children are expected to recover.

Police believe Fey was intoxicated during the crash. Fey faces several charges, including two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of intoxication assault, and one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Fey is a civilian member of the 502nd Security Forces Squadron at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. Fey sustained only minor injuries during the fatal crash.

Impaired Driving Statistics

The following statistics on alcohol-impaired-driving are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

Five Motorists Killed in Wrong-Way Collision

Joseph Meaney6 hours ago

severely damaged car

According to CBS Boston, a wrong-way driver caused a fiery, fatal crash that claimed five lives on Interstate 495 in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

No Time to React to Wrong-Way Driver

At around 12:11 a.m. local time, police received reports of a wrong-way driver on the interstate. The person drove south in the northbound lanes near exit 3.

Moments later, the driver crashed into another vehicle with four occupants. The northbound vehicle burst into flames on impact, reports CBS Boston.

The four occupants in the car and the lone wrong-way driver died in the collision.

Police say the car carrying four people did not have sufficient time to react to the wrong-way driver. Firefighters that arrived first on the scene encountered a giant ball of fire where the car burned, according to the Boston Globe.

The identities of the deceased have not been released. According to the Boston Globe, the wrong-way driver appeared to be a woman in her 30s.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • 105,000 more people were injured in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

One Dead in Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving School Bus, 18-Wheeler

Joseph Meaney6 hours ago

speeding 18-wheeler on highway

According to KY3, a chain reaction of crashes involving a semi-truck and a school bus left one man dead and several injured on Interstate 70 west of Indianapolis on Friday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Crash

The crash occurred around 1:00 p.m. local time when the school bus slowed down for traffic caused by an earlier accident. The bus carried kids traveling home from the national FFA conference.

A semi-truck crashed into the bus, which caused another crash involving a box truck. According to KY3, seven of the students on the bus sustained injuries and received treatment at a hospital. Three adults among the involved vehicles also received treatment at a hospital.

A passenger in the box truck involved in the wreck died, according to KY3. The superintendent of the school district believes the other injuries sustained in the series of crashes aren’t life threatening.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died and an estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks.
  • Of these fatalities in 2014, 73% were occupants of other vehicles.
  • From 2013 to 2014, there was a 19% increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in large-truck traffic crashes.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Cyberbullying

Joseph Meaney10 hours ago

sad depress child bullying

It is easier than ever to bully, or get bullied, in today’s online-centric world.

The Cyberbullying Research Center defines cyberbullying as the following:

  • Willful: The behavior has to be deliberate, not accidental.
  • Repeated: Bullying reflects a pattern of behavior, not just one isolated incident.
  • Harm: The target must perceive that harm was inflicted.
  • Computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices: This differentiates cyberbullying from traditional bullying.

Jane Swan, principal of the Reach Cyber Charter School, says there are ways to prevent cyberbullying. Here are some tips:

Educate your children

  • Teach your child what bullying might look or sound like, so they know when to seek help.
  • Tell your child that there is always help available if they are a victim of bullying.
  • Show your child how to be respectful online before they are allowed to join social media.
    • Teach them what kind of words and photos should and shouldn’t be posted online.
  • Remind your child to be kind to others and the negative consequences that could happen if they aren’t.

Monitor your child’s behavior

  • Stay alert for warning signs that your child is being bullied.
    • Children are often too shy, scared, or embarrassed to talk about bullying experiences.
  • Keep a close eye on your child’s social media accounts.
  • Pay attention to your child’s mood and behavior and how they act after spending time online or at school.
    • If your child appears nervous, anxious, or agitated, they may be experiencing cyberbullying.
  • Although mood changes are normal for teens, keep an eye out for sudden sadness, depression, anger or frustration.
    • Children who are being cyberbullied also exhibit poor sleep habits, nightmares, or bed wetting for younger children.
  • Declining grades or loss of interest in school can be a sign of trouble.
    • Children who experience bullying may also claim to have physical ailments more often.
Take action
  • Make sure your child knows they need to tell an adult if cyberbullying occurs to them or someone else.
  • Record the facts of the cyberbullying incidents.
  • Report the cyberbully to the website it occurred on, and if serious or involving criminal activity, report it to the police.
    • Many websites will block or remove users who partake in cyberbullying.
  • If the cyberbullying disrupts the school environment for your child, notify school officials.

An important aspect of combating cyberbullying is to talk with your children and stay involved in their digital and online activities. Make sure they know that you are there to help them if they experience cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Statistics

The following information is provided by the Cyberbullying Research Center:

  • 28 percent of students included in a recent surveyed admitted to being cyberbullied at some point in their life.
  • 16 percent of surveyed individuals admitted to cyberbullying others at some point.
  • 95 percent of teenagers are online, with 74 percent having access to the Internet on their cell phone.
  • Adolescent girls are just as likely, if not more likely than boys to experience cyberbullying (as a victim and offender).

One Dead, One Injured in Fiery Three-Car Wreck

Joseph Meaney10 hours ago

two cars severely damaged in crash

According to WINK News, one person died and another was injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on the Michael G. Rippe Parkway in Fort Myers, Florida.

Details of the Fatal Wreck

A man traveling southbound on the parkway nearly drifted off the right side of the highway but overcorrected. Pascal Davis, 29, then lost control of his car and entered the northbound lanes where he struck another vehicle head-on.

Another car traveling northbound approached the wreck and crashed into the second car. According to WINK News, the second car burst into flames after the second collision. The passenger in the second car, Erin Gorney, 26, died from her injuries. The driver of that car, John Anderson, 33, suffered serious injuries and received treatment for them at Lee Memorial Hospital.

WINK News reports that Pascal and the driver of the third car did not receive injuries in the fatal crash.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2015, 35,092 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

13 Killed, 31 Injured in Crash between Bus and 18-Wheeler

Joseph Meaney10 hours ago

speeding bus on highway

According to the Los Angeles Times, a fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler and a tour bus left 13 bus occupants dead and 31 others injured on Sunday morning near Desert Hot Springs, California.

Deadliest Crash in California in Decades

The USA Holiday bus was on a return trip back to Los Angeles after a trip to the Red Earth Casino near Salton Sea. The bus carried over three dozen people as it traveled west on Interstate 10 at around 5:17 a.m. local time when the accident occurred.

Officials say the bus crashed into the rear of the 18-wheeler, demolishing the entire front end of the bus. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but the Los Angeles Times reports that traffic was moving slower than usual at the time of the wreck.

Investigators believe the bus traveled at a significantly higher speed than the semi-truck. The trailer of the semi-truck ended up around 15 feet inside the bus.

The driver of the bus, Teodulo Elias Vidas, died in the crash. Thirteen passengers on board the bus also died in the wreck, and 31 others received injuries. According to the Los Angeles Times, most of the deceased sat in the front third of the bus, which received the most amount of damage in the collision. In addition, it appeared many of the occupants did not wear seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Many of the injured passengers received severe facial injuries requiring plastic surgery. Several patients admitted to Desert Regional Medical Center remain in the intensive care unit. Patients at the medical center ranged in age from 20s to 70s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some patients received only minor injuries in the crash.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages, according to the Los Angeles Times. It is unclear if alcohol, drugs, or a medical condition played a factor in the fatal accident.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here is additional information on trucking accidents.

  • An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of those injured were occupants of other vehicles.
  • Seventy-nine percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.
  • Trucks were struck in the rear in twenty-one percent of fatal two-vehicle crashes in 2014.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Supporting the Children Involved

Julia Tucker12 hours ago


The seventh—and last— part in our National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month series will focus on how to support children involved in bullying.

A Preface to Supporting Children Involved in Bullying

When faced with a bullying situation, more than just the victim can be affected. It is important for adults to remember they should provide support to all children involved—including the bully, the bullied, and the bystanders. Ensuring that every child involved receives adequate support can prevent the bullying from continuing.

It is especially important for adults not to neglect the bystanders during a bullying situation. It is easy to get caught up in strictly trying to resolve the situation, but even children who were witnesses can be strongly affected. This includes ensuring these students are able to process the situation and feel safe reporting future instances

How to Support Children Who are Bullied

According to, adults should do the following to support children who have been bullied:

  • Give your attention to the child being bullied.
  • Ensure the child understands that they are not at fault.
  • Be patient as it can be hard for a child to talk about being bullied.
  • Provide the child with advice as to how they can counteract the bully.
  • Work with the child to resolve the situation.
  • Stay on top of the situation as it may not be solved quickly or easily.

The following should be avoided by adults trying to provide support to a bullied child:

  • Do not advise a child to ignore a bully.
  • Never place the blame on the child being bullied.
  • Never advise a child to physically fight back against the person bullying them.
  • Do not involve parents unless no other resolution can be reached as it may make the situation worse.
How to Address a Child Who is Bullying

According to, adults should respond to a child exhibiting bullying behavior in the following ways:

  • Address the situation with the child directly. They need to know exactly what behavior is being detrimental to their peers.
  • Alert the child to bullying being a serious offense, but make sure that respectful behavior is demonstrated during all dealings with the child.
  • Try and find out if there is an underlying reason for why the child is bullying his/her peers.
  • To try and teach the child that bullying is wrong you can use discipline methods such as developing empathy to discourage future bullying. This can be done with methods such as the child leading a class discussion on how to avoid bullying or be a good peer, writing an essay on the effects of bullying, reading a book about bullying, etc.
  • Involve the child who bullied in the resolution of the situation. The child needs to be aware of the consequences their actions had. This can be done in ways such as repairing any damage they cause, writing an apology letter, etc.
  • Only try to involve solutions that you know will work and do not have any negative connotation for the child who bullied. The goal is to try to get the student to see the error of their ways—not to demoralize them.
How to Support a Child Who Witnessed Bullying
  • Make sure the child understands that reporting the problem was the right thing to do.
  • Ensure the child understands they will face reproductions or retaliation for reporting the bullying .
  • Again, be patient. Similar to a child who was bullied, witnesses to bullying may struggle when asked to talk about the issue.
  • Tell the witness what they did right, then provide the child with additional advice as to how they can counteract the bully.

One Dead, Six Wounded after Building Scaffolding Falls into Street

Joseph Meaney14 hours ago

construction workers sitting on top of metal beams at work site

According to the Miami Herald, a man in his 50s died and several others injured after scaffolding plummeted from the top floor of a condo under construction in Miami, Florida.

OSHA Investigating Construction Mishap

On Thursday morning, construction workers at Echo Brickell, a 50-story luxury condo, were loading equipment onto scaffolding that hung over the building on 1451 Brickell Avenue.

According to investigators, the scaffolding structure either became too stressed or had too much weight loaded when it collapsed. The scaffolding brought loads of glass, metal, and wood raining down on the street and sidewalk below.

The Miami Herald reports that a man suffered a cardiac episode while trying to avoid the shower of debris. The man received treatment at a hospital but did not survive.

Six other people, including a woman in a car, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Four received treatment at a local hospital and were released without significant injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into the fatal construction accident. According to the Miami Herald, no citation has been issued to the construction company yet.

On The Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by OSHA.

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • On average, more than 92 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
    • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • One in five worker deaths in 2014 were in the construction industry.