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Massive Pileup On Ohio Interstate Injures More than 20

More than 20 people were injured in a massive pileup on I-90 in northeastern Ohio Dec. 8 involving 75 vehicles, including more than a dozen tractor trailers and a commercial bus. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which was triggered in part by heavy lake-effect snow. Authorities have not determined whether speeding or other factors may have contributed. According to Rochester’s WHAM Channel 13, three of those injured in the pileup are listed in serious condition, including Livingston County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Office sergeant Chad Vanauken, who was traveling with his cousin at the time. Authorities have not ... 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

Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill prompted shutdown

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a stretch of the lower Mississippi River to water traffic Monday after an oil spill from a tank barge collision forced its closure Saturday afternoon, shuttering the Port of New Orleans, the nation’s busiest port in terms of volume. Coast Guard authorities closed about 65 miles of the river after a barge loaded with light crude collided with another barge hauling grain, releasing about 31,500 gallons of oil into the river 50 miles upriver near Vacherie, La. Both of the barges were being pushed by towboats at the time. Officials originally ... Read More

Tire blowout eyed as cause of deadly Louisiana crash

CENTREVILLE, La. — A blown-out tire may be to blame for a fatal crash Saturday that killed an adult and three children and injured several members of the Lafayette High School baseball team. A Louisiana State Police report said that Ladonna Cheatham, 36, was driving a 2004 Kia Sorrento on U.S. Highway 90 about 11:41 am. when the left rear tire on her vehicle failed. The blowout caused the SUV to run off the left side of the road and cross the median, which put it in the path of a school bus carrying 30 members of the baseball team ... Read More

Snow, near-zero visibility contributed to deadly Indiana highway pileup

Indiana authorities say lake-effect snow causing whiteout conditions and a glazed-over highway were some of the factors contributing to a massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana Thursday afternoon that killed three people and injured as many as 30 others. According to the Associated Press, the pileup involved 46 vehicles, including 18 semitrailers, two pickup trucks and 26 cars. Responders spent hours removing victims from the mangled wreckage on an eastbound stretch of I-94 just east of Michigan City. I-94 runs along Lake Michigan in the Michigan City area and is the main highway connecting Milwaukee and Chicago to ... Read More

California teen struck by school bus sues for brain injury, other damages

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – A man who received serious injuries, including “permanent traumatic brain injury” when his car was struck by a school bus is suing the Lake Elsinore School District and the bus driver for negligence. Ryan Geiger, who filed the lawsuit, was an 18-year-old student at Temescal High School when the crash occurred April 11. California Highway Patrol (CHP) records show that Mr. Geiger was driving a Honda Prelude when a Lake Elsinore Unified School District bus pulled in front of him around 7:15 in the morning. According to the Press-Enterprise, firefighters responding to the crash had to ... Read More

NTSB finds engineer’s poor vision was the likely cause of deadly Oklahoma freight train crash

A Union Pacific railroad engineer who was killed along with two other train workers in a train crash in Oklahoma last year had a long history of chronic eye and vision problems and could not tell red signals from green and yellow ones, a doctor told federal regulators this week in a hearing on the deadly crash. The June 2012 crash occurred in a rural area of the Oklahoma panhandle after a 108-car Union Pacific freight train collided with an 80-car westbound freight train, also operated by Union Pacific, setting off a diesel fuel explosion and fire. Each of the ... Read More

Detached trailer kills seven people on upstate New York highway

TRUXTON, NY –Seven people including four young children and three adults in their 20s were killed last week when their minivan was struck by a runaway trailer loaded with crushed cars. Authorities investigating the horrific crash in the rural upstate New York community told the Associated Press the trailer separated from the rig that was hauling it while traveling on a stretch of Route 13 about 25 miles north of Syracuse. The minivan was ripped apart by the collision, which occurred around 6 p.m. May 29. Both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway. A Cortland ... Read More

19-vehicle pileup in Maine blamed on winter storm Nemo

The giant winter storm meteorologists named Nemo is likely to blame for 19-vehicle pileup in Falmouth, Maine, authorities investigating the series of crashes said. The pileup started Friday morning on I-295 after one car apparently spun out of control in the southbound lane, setting off a chain reaction. Five other vehicles weren’t able to avoid the crash on the slick roads and collided with the first vehicle. Thirteen more vehicles then became involved in the crash. So far there are reports of only one person being taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A number of other traffic crashes were ... Read More