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Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

Scald Burns from Boiling Water Challenge Rise as Temperatures Drop

A new winter challenge circulating online is sending people to the hospital with scald burns, doctors in the U.S. say. The “boiling water challenge” has gone viral in recent weeks as a polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to several degrees below zero throughout much of the Midwest and Northeast. People participating in the challenge throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze. Boiling water will freeze and turn to snow in mid-air at temperatures of -5 degrees and colder. According to CNN, Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center treated eight people for scald burns of various degrees since the ... Read More

E-Cigarette Fire Breaks Out on American Airlines Flight

An e-cigarette explosion caused a fire aboard an American Airlines flight last week, causing a stir among the passengers and crew but no injuries. Fortunately, American Airlines Flight 168 had just landed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the e-cigarette burst into flames Friday, Jan. 4, about 9 p.m. Flight attendants aboard the flight, which originated in Las Vegas, stamped out the fire. None of the 138 passengers and six crew were injured and the plane taxied to the gate after the fire was extinguished. “Our crews are trained on fighting high energy battery fires,” American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott ... Read More

Family settles wrongful death case with trucking company, driver

The family of a Missouri Southern State University student who was killed in a multivehicle crash in Illinois has settled a lawsuit with the driver of the tractor trailer who caused the accident and trucking company he worked for, according to the Madison-St. Clair Record. Vivian Vu, a 19-year-old international studies sophomore, was traveling home from a Model United Nations Conference in Chicago Nov. 21, 2017, with five other students and the faculty sponsor when a 2016 Casadia Freightliner semitrailer truck driven by Mohamed Yussuf Jama stuck seven vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near Hamel, Illinois. Jama ... Read More

Student dead after truck collides with school bus

A school field trip to see “Elf The Musical” in Marshall County, Indiana, turned tragic when a truck towing a flatbed trailer rammed into the back of a school bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott, and injuring another child. The school bus from Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was traveling northbound on US 31 on the morning of Dec. 5 when the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. The bus started to move and then stopped again. That’s when the truck collided with the back of the bus. There were 38 eighth-graders and three chaperones on the school bus along with ... Read More

Family Says American Airlines Abandoned Handicapped Woman in Airport

The family of a wheelchair-bound woman who was allegedly abandoned by American Airlines employees overnight in Chicago O’Hare International Airport says the airline needs to “revisit their policies” for dealing with the disabled and elderly. Sixty-seven-year-old Olimpia Warsaw was on her way to Detroit to attend her ex-husband’s funeral. Her son Claude Coltea told CBS News Chicago that he took his mother to the airport and made sure she was checked in for her flight. Mr. Coltea said an AA staff member assured him that the flight was on time and that they would take good care of his mom, ... Read More

Negligent Security At Chicago Gym Led to Sexual Assault, Lawsuit Claims

Claims of negligent security form the basis of a premises liability lawsuit filed by an Illinois man who alleges he was sexually assaulted while showering at a Chicago gym. The plaintiff, identified in the complaint as ‘Victim A,” filed the complaint Nov. 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Capital Fitness Inc. and affiliated entities, claiming the defendants were negligent in their handling of security on the premises of the XSport Fitness gym where he worked out. According to the Cook County Record, the plaintiff claims that, as a member, he was lawfully on the premises of the Capital Fitness ... Read More

St. Paul House Explosion Injures One Man, Displaces Several Others

An explosion believed to be caused by natural gas leveled a house in St. Paul, Minnesota, seriously injuring one man and leading authorities to condemn all the structures on the block. The Nov. 23 explosion remains under investigation, but officials said that the blast may have been triggered by a natural gas line. Some residents reported the smell of gas, according to ABC Eyewitness News Chicago. Responders to the scene of the explosion found 80-year-old John Lundahl among the debris. Officials told WCCO CBS 4 Minnesota that Mr. Lundahl’s feet were sticking out of the rubble and he was conscious ... Read More

Two FedEx suppliers face lawsuits after worker was crushed to death

The family of a material handler crushed to death under a cargo lift at the FedEx world hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against two suppliers alleging equipment the companies supplied lacked effective safety mechanisms to protect workers, according to the Daily Memphian. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 22 in Shelby County Circuit Court and names JBT Aerotech of Chicago and Fast Global Solutions of Glenwood, Minnesota. The accident occurred when Ellen Gladney, 60, was caught beneath the cargo lift as her crew prepared to unload a Boeing 777F. Gladney’s job that day was to carry the hand-held ... Read More

Six People Rescued After Chicago Elevator Malfunction

An elevator inside one of Chicago’s tallest buildings careened down 84 stories after one of its hoist ropes broke, leaving six people rattled but uninjured. The elevator malfunction occurred Fri., Nov. 16, at the 875 Michigan Avenue building – the fourth tallest skyscraper in the city, formerly called the Hancock Center – when guests leaving the Signature Room on the 95th floor hit the button to go down to the lobby. “At the beginning I believed we were going to die,” Jaime Montemayor, who was visiting from Mexico, told CBS Chicago. “We were going down and then I felt that ... Read More