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Greyhound-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Seven on New Mexico Highway

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a Greyhound bus head-on on I-40 in western New Mexico Thursday morning. The deadly collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and near the Arizona border. New Mexico authorities investigating the crash said that a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound crossed the median and collided with the bus head-on. They said it appears the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle after a tire blowout. Aerial footage of the crash site ... Read More

Tire Blowout Kills Florida Couple in Everglades

Authorities in South Florida say a tire blowout appears to have caused a Ford Expedition SUV to crash Sunday afternoon in Alligator Alley, killing a Tampa couple and their dogs. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the treads on the left rear tire of the Ford SUV separated, causing Kevin Livingston, 42, to lose control of the vehicle. The Ford veered off Interstate 75 near Mile Marker 32 and plummeted into a canal on the right side of the highway. I-75 runs through the Everglades, connecting Fort Lauderdale with Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. Mr. Livingston and his wife Michele Makiyama Livingston, ... Read More

Deadly Arizona Bus Crash Blamed on Tire Failure

A deadly bus crash in western Arizona that killed one person and injured eight others Monday, July 3, started with a tire failure, investigating authorities said. The crash occurred on Interstate 10 near Quartzsite, Arizona, on the California border about 4 a.m. when the left-front tire of a bus carrying support staff of an Illinois drum corps experienced a blowout. The tire failure caused the bus driver, 55-year-old Donna Howard, to lose control of the vehicle. According to Pinal Central, the bus drove across the highway median and tumbled over onto its left side. Ms. Howard, a resident of Kansas ... Read More

Tire Blowout Blamed For Deadly Birmingham Crash

Authorities investigating a deadly crash in Birmingham, Ala., that claimed the life of a commercial truck driver Thursday afternoon said that a tire blowout in another vehicle set off the chain of events. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-59 / I-20 West near the Arkadelphia Road exit when the driver of a Ford Explorer lost control of the vehicle and struck the tractor trailer. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of that truck as 56-year-old Charles Ward Miller of Ethelsville, Ala., in Pickens County. Mr. Miller was declared dead at the scene. ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

Tire blowout likely cause of deadly N.J. van crash, investigators say

Police investigating the deadly June 3 crash of a passenger van transporting produce workers say that a tire blowout is likely to blame for the crash, which killed two people and left four others seriously injured. New Jersey State Police say that a GMC passenger van driven by Romulo de la Cruz, 28, was traveling northbound on highway 55 when the front driver’s side tire blew out around 6 a.m., causing Mr. de la Cruz to lose control of the vehicle. The van left swerved off the highway and struck a tree, creating an impact that was “so severe the ... Read More

Defective tires are a deadly threat, yet tire recalls remain elusive

Defective tires are one of the most dangerous and potentially deadly automotive flaws that threaten motorists every day. But despite the danger, finding out whether a particular make and model of tire is subject to a recall remains a remarkably difficult and frustrating process for everyday consumers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,000 tire-related crashes occur every year, killing about 200 people. Current databases make it impossible to tell how many of these crashes are the result of improperly maintained or old tires, and how many are caused by manufacturer defects. And, when tries are known ... Read More

Dangerously old tires sold at bargain prices on eBay

Tires more than six years old pose a giant safety risk that many consumers may not be aware of, but that hasn’t stopped at least one company from buying old automotive tires and selling them to consumers on eBay. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS), a Massachusetts-based group dedicated to researching the safety of auto and other consumer products, an ad appearing in Tire Business alerted it to a business that willfully sells old tires to anyone who wants them. The ad states “We’re not afraid of older discontinued product and will make fair offers to clear out ... Read More

Hercules Offshore rig partially collapses in Gulf as blown-out well feeds fire

A natural gas drilling rig owned by Walter Oil & Gas caught fire Tuesday night and partially collapsed off the Louisiana coast, a few hours after a blowout in the well forced the evacuation of 44 workers. The Hercules Offshore rig, situated in 154 feet of water about 55 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, continues to spew tons of natural gas into the Gulf. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported that the beams supporting the derrick and rig floor on the Hercules Offshore rig had caved in and fallen over the rig structure. Nobody ... Read More

Weatherford off the hook for oil-spill penalties, punitive damages

Weatherford U.S. LP, a Swiss oilfield service company that built key parts of BP’s failed Macondo well, will not have to face civil or criminal penalties and punitive damages for its role in the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Judge Carl Barbier said Friday. Weatherford designed and built the doomed well’s float collar, a device that sat at the well’s opening three miles below the seafloor. The device was supposed to ensure the cement poured into the well did not rise to the surface before it had time to set. Federal investigations ... Read More