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32 Injured in New Jersey Bus Crash

Jarod Cassidy21 hours ago

32 people were injured Friday morning after a tour bus crashed with a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Details of the New Jersey Bus Crash

According to reports, the crash occurred around 12:30 am near the 19 mile marker in West Deptford Township. The collision caused the Panda bus to overturn and the tractor-trailer to jackknife.

32 of the bus’s passengers were transported to emergency rooms for medical evaluations. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the crash.

The bus is registered to Eagle Bus in Waltham, Massachusetts. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

National 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.

Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

Jarod Cassidy22 hours ago

With the arrival Memorial Day Weekend, many families will be celebrating the unofficial start of summer by visiting relatives, having cookouts, and participating in outdoor activities. Thomas J. Henry would like to present the following safety tips to help ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

Travel Safety

  • Seatbelts ­– Not only should seatbelts be worn anytime the vehicle is in operation, but parents should ensure that their children are wearing their seatbelts correctly. While it may be tempting to adjust a seatbelt for comfort on long trips, doing so greatly reduces the seatbelt’s function.
  • Designate a Driver – Never drink and drive or travel with a person who has been drinking. Have a designated driver if you are planning to travel home from a cookout or event.
  • Maintenance – Check that your vehicle is serviced and ready for the road before going on a long trip. Making sure that a vehicle is up to date on all scheduled maintenance and  that tires are at proper pressure and in good condition can greatly reduce the risk of a crash.

Grilling Safety

  • Fire Safety – Before grilling, be sure that your grill has been properly cleaned and is free of any dust. If you are using a gas grill, check for leaks and loose connections. Always grill in an open area – not in a garage, porch, or other covered or enclosed space.
  • Food Safety – Be sure you properly store any food. When grilling, keep any uncooked meats away from other foods to prevent cross contamination. Thoroughly wash your hands before handing food and after handling raw meat.
  • Keep Hydrated – Memorial Day weekend is the first holiday of the summer. When grilling, make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Outdoor Safety
  • Water Safety – Rather visiting a beach, a lake, or a swimming pool, remember to never swim alone. Children should especially be supervised at all times when in or near the water. It only takes seconds for tragedy to happen.
  • Boating Safety – Like driving, do not operate a boat while intoxicated. Additionally, do not forgo wearing a life jacket. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of individuals who drown after a boating accident are not wearing life jackets.
  • Sun Safety – Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher throughout the day to avoid sunburn. Wearing sunglasses and hats can also help prevent eye and corneal damage. Finally, remember to keep hydrated while outdoors.

Killeen Teenager Sentenced in Deadly Street-Racing Crash

Jarod Cassidy2 days ago

A 19-year-old girl from Killeen, Texas received two eight-year prison sentences after being convicted of manslaughter and racing on a highway causing serious injury or death.

Details of the Fatal Street Racing Accident

According to KWTX, Alexis Jillian Woods’ Chevrolet Camaro was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when it crashed into a Ford Taurus in the 5400 block of Trimmier Road on November 15, 2015. The two passengers of the Taurus, Francine Wimbush, 66, and Michael Keith Locket, 60, died at the scene.

Woods pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and racing on a highway causing serious injury or death and was sentenced to eight years for each; however, the judge has ordered that the sentences will be served concurrently.

The driver Woods was racing, Tyrone Floyd Moore, Jr, 20,has pleaded guilty to the same charges but he has not yet been sentenced.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

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

  • 3,531 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015. This averages to about one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
  • Single vehicle, run-off the road accidents accounted for 1,255 deaths.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in car crashes in Texas in 2015.
  • TxDOT estimates a reportable crash occurred in Texas every 61 seconds in 2015.


Four Dead in Gautier 18-Wheeler Crash

Jarod Cassidy3 days ago

A multi-vehicle crash involving two 18-wheelers left four people dead in Gautier, Mississippi Wednesday morning.

About the Fatal Gautier Trucking Accident

According to the Advocate, the fatal crash occurred near the 63 mile marker on Interstate 10, just past the 4.4-mile bridge over the Pascagoula River.

The four people who died in the crash were all occupants of a Ford Expedition.

In addition to the SUV and two 18-wheelers, the crash also involved a red Nissan and two pickups, one pulling a camper. The driver of one of the pickups has been hospitalized.

Crews are working to clear the scene and the crash remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.


NHTSA Announces Recall of 25,000 Graco Child Car Seats

Jarod Cassidy3 days ago

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Graco Children’s Products will be recalling roughly 25,000 Graco My Ride 65 convertible child car seats.

About the Graco Car Seat Recall

According to a release from NHTSA, the child seat’s sewn webbing may tear under load resulting in the child not being adequately restrained during a crash. This can result in an increased risk of injury or death.

The defect was detected during safety testing by NHTSA. The defect is believed to exist in one batch of the sewn webbing.

Graco will be notifying owners of the recalled car seats, and dealers will provide consumers with a replacement harness. The recall is expected to begin July 17.

Description of the Recalled Graco Child Car Seats

  • The recall is limited to Graco My Ride 65 convertible child car seats manufactured on July 22, 2014.
  • Recalled model numbers include:
    • 1871689
    • 1908152
    • 1813074
    • 1872691
    • 1853478
    • 1877535
    • 1813015
    • 1794334
  • Recalled child car seats will have a tag on the harness webbing with the webbing code 2014/06.

Three Dead in Miami Beach Crash

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

Three people were killed Tuesday morning as a result of a motorcycle crash on Miami Beach’s Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Motorcyclist, Scooter Rider, and Fisherman Were Killed in the Crash

According to ABC 10 News, the crash occurred when a motorcycle operated by a 32-year-old man from Miami Beach rear-ended a scooter driven by 24-year-old Erik Andrew Lau. The impact of the collision caused Lau to be thrown from his scooter.

The motorcyclist then veered out of the traffic lane and struck a man who was fishing off the bridge before being ejected from the motorcycle.

Both Lau and the motorcyclists were pronounced dead at the scene. The fisherman, identified as Daryl Jerome Williams, 30, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hopsital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.

The motorcyclist’s identity has not been released, and the accident remains under investigation.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The following information regarding motorcycle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 — an increase of eight percent from 2014.
  • Motorcyclists injured in crashes decreased in 2015, with an estimated 88,000 sustaining injuries in motor vehicle wrecks compared to 92,000 in 2014.
  • Although motorcycles accounted for a mere three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2015, one-third of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Florida lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities (616) followed by California (462) and Texas (443).

Botulism Outbreak, Death Linked to Nacho Cheese Sauce

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

One person is dead and at least nine others have been hospitalized after contracting botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a California gas station.

About the Botulism Outbreak and Resulting Death

According to reports, 37-year-old Martin Galindo-Larios died Thursday after spending several weeks in the hospital. Gilando-Larios is one of at least 10 people who contracted botulism after eating contaminated nacho cheese purchased at Valley Oak Food and Fuel, just outside of Sacramento.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed Monday that cheese sauce samples collected from Valley Oak Food and Fuel tested positive for toxins released by Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that cause botulism. The toxins matched those identified in patients tested by the CDPH.

The gas station stopped selling the cheese sauce on May 5, and the producer of the cheese sauce, Gehl Foods, says retested samples from the relevant lot of cheese remain clear of any contamination. As such, a recall has not been issued for the cheese sauce.

Among those still hospitalized are two teenagers and a 33-year-old Sacramento mother, identified as Lavinia Kelly. Kelly is in intensive care and unable to speak due to paralysis. At least six victims have taken legal action against Valley Oak Food and Fuel and Gehl Foods.

What is Botulism?

Botulism is a rare illness that is transmitted through food, contact with contaminated soil, and through open wounds. Botulism is a very serious illness and can result in paralysis and death if not treated quickly.

Symptoms of foodborne botulism generally appear bout 12 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps

Young Boy and Grandmother Killed in Manvel School Bus Crash

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

A 4-year-old boy and his grandmother were killed Monday when a speeding school bus crashed into their car at a Brazoria County intersection.

Details of the Fatal School Bus Crash

According to the Houston Chronicle, the victims were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Highway 6 and County Road 99 when their vehicle was rear-ended by Alvin ISD bus. The impact forced the family’s Chevrolet into the intersection where it was struck by two other vehicles.

The 4-year-old boy was flown to Memorial Hermann while his grandmother, 60-year-old Karen Salazar, was transported to a nearby emergency center. Both were pronounced dead within two hours of the crash.

The boy’s grandfather was transported to the hospital with a head-injury, and a fourth person was taken to a local hospital for emergency treatment.

No students were aboard the bus when the crash occurred. The bus driver is cooperating with police.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,531 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2015. This marked little change from the 3,536 traffic-related deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of the deaths recorded in 2015, 807 were attributed to crashes occurring at or in relation to an intersection.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2015, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a crash in Texas every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.

Seven-Vehicle Crash Injures Three in East Ridge, Tennessee

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

The Times Free Press reports that three people were injured after five passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 75 Sunday morning.

Details of the Seven-Vehicle Accident

The crash occurred around 1:38 am Sunday near the Interstate 75/Interstate 24 split. One of the victims was struck and thrown over the guardrail after exiting his vehicle.

The identities of those involved in the crash were not released; however, the East Ridge Fire Department did state that one person was possibly in critical condition.

All southbound lanes of the interstate were closed as crews cleared the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.



U.S. Regulators Launch Investigation into Hyundai, Kia Engine Recalls

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

U.S. safety regulators are investigating the recall of 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles due to whistleblower reports that the recalls may have been mishandled.

About the Hyundai and Kia Recalls

According to Reuters, the recall was originally issued in 2015 and covered 470,000 Hyundai Sonatas which suffered from an engine defect which could result in the vehicles stalling while in operation, increasing the risk of crash.

However, a Hyundai engineer, Kim Gwang-ho, flew to Washington in August 2016 to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the recall should cover more vehicles and to report several alleged safety lapses.

The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group has since expanded the recall to cover an additional 572,000 Hyundai vehicles and 618,160 Kia vehicles.

Fines could be imposed on the automakers should the federal investigation result in evidence of wrongdoing.

Vehicles Affected by the Hyundai and Kia Recalls

The following vehicles are included in the engine stall recall:

  • 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2013-2014 Hyundai Sante Fe Sport
  • 2011-2014 Kia Optima
  • 2012-2014 Kia Sorento
  • 2011-2013 Kia Sportage