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Paint Fumes Triggered Texas Apartment Explosion, Investigators Say

A Fort Worth, Texas, man was severely burned on much of his upper torso when paint fumes that had accumulated to dangerous levels inside his apartment exploded. The explosion happened just before 5 a.m. March 12, inside the man’s apartment, Fort Worth Firefighter Mike Drivdahl told WBAP. He added that the injured man and another person were in the apartment painting when something ignited the paint fumes that had built up inside. The man is in serious condition and is being treated at the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The other ... Read More

Texas School Bus Collides With Freight Train, Killing Student

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed one student and injured another student and the bus driver in Athens, Texas, Jan. 25, say they don’t know why the driver took the bus into the path of a Union Pacific freight train. Athens Police said the school bus, driven by John Stevens, 78, came to a stop before the train tracks on North Murchison Street, yet continued for unknown reasons to cross directly in front of the Union Pacific train. The freight train struck the school bus and continued to push it about a quarter of a mile down the ... Read More

Atmos Energy Seeks Rate Hike in Wake of Deadly Gas Explosion

A year after a gas explosion destroyed a Dallas, Texas home, killing a 12-year-old girl and injuring four others, utility owner Atmos Energy is seeking a rate hike that would allow it to pull in an additional $10.1 million. The proposed rate hike, filed Jan. 15 in Dallas City Hall, comes as Atmos Energy continues to replace pipes in the northwest Dallas neighborhood where three gas explosions erupted on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 of last year. Investigators say the explosion that killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers on Feb. 23 could be linked to faulty compression couplings that can separate when ... Read More

Speed Was a Factor in Deadly Arkansas Charter Bus Crash, Authorities Say

The driver of a charter bus that sped off the highway and rolled into a drainage ditch last month, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring dozens of others, was driving too fast for conditions, Arkansas authorities said. The charter bus, owned by Flannigan Tours of Southaven, Mississippi, but leased to Scott Shuttle Services, was transporting a youth all-star football team from Dallas home to Memphis when the crash occurred. Arkansas State Police say the charter bus was traveling east on Interstate 30 on Dec. 3. Driver Eula Jarrett, 65, attempted to get off the highway at the 111 exit ramp. ... Read More

Texas Man’s Leg Nearly Amputated After E-Scooter Injury

A Texas man who was severely injured on a Bird rental e-scooter narrowly avoided having his left leg amputated but was left with permanent injuries and a hospital bill of nearly $1 million. Alexander Forney, 21, of Arlington, Texas, was riding the e-scooter in the Seep Ellum section of Dallas last August when the electric scooter suddenly flipped and hurtled him onto the concrete. The impact shattered Mr. Forney’s kneecap and tibia, cracked his front teeth, and left him with a severe road rash. He told Dallas’ WFAA Channel 8 News that he must have hit the brakes a little too ... Read More

Bus carrying youth football team crashes, killing one child

One child is dead and 45 other people are injured after a charter bus carrying a Memphis, Tennessee youth football team from a championship game in Dallas crashed in Central Arkansas early Monday morning. The bus was carrying a football team of 8- to 10-year-olds as well as a group of chaperones. The driver of the bus told Arkansas state police that she lost control of the vehicle, causing  it to roll off Interstate 30, killing Kameron Johnson, 9. The dozens who were injured were mostly children and were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas. The bus ... Read More

Jacobs Engineering Failed to Protect Coal Ash Cleanup Workers, Jury Finds

Jacobs Engineering, the government contractor hired to clean up and remediate the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) disastrous 2008 coal ash spill, failed to protect its workers from the slew of toxins in the sludgy waste, a federal jury has found. The Dallas-based global contractor employed hundreds of construction workers to clean TVA’s coal ash spill, which occurred when the company’s retaining ponds and facilities in Kingston, Tennessee failed. The resulting food of coal ash sludge – the byproduct of coal burning to generate electricity – knocked houses from their foundations, contaminated two rivers, and covered hundreds of acres of land ... Read More

More construction workers die on the job than in other industries

Of the 4,693 workers who died on the job in 2016, 991 of them were in construction, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The fatalities ranged from falling from roofs or scaffolding, getting struck by heavy equipment, getting caught in machinery, being crushed by objects falling from cranes, suffering heat exhaustion, and getting electrocuted. A fifth of on-the-job fatalities in 2016 were among construction workers, making it among the most dangerous industries to work in, according to OSHA statistics. There are various reasons why construction work is more deadly than other jobs. Crews often work at high ... Read More

Worker killed after townhome collapses in Dallas

A worker was killed and five injured last week after the three-story townhome under construction they took shelter in during a storm collapsed on them, fire officials said. Raul Ortega Cabrera, 35, died at the scene. Those injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening and involved bumps, bruises and fractures. Dozens of other workers were outside the townhome but were not injured. For safe measure, cadaver dogs were called in to search the scene, but no other bodies were found. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans called the incident “devastating,” adding, “We are ... Read More

FAA issues new inspection directive after fatal plane incident

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring General Electric CF-65 engines that power about 2,000 older Boeing 737s and some air buses to be inspected nearly twice as often – every 1,600 flights instead of every 3,000 flights – and for every blade on the engine to be checked for even microscopic damage. The new airworthiness directive is in response to the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan, who was killed aboard a Southwest plane during an April 17, 2018, flight from New York to Dallas. The accident occurred after one of the engine’s metal fan blades broke off in mid-flight. ... Read More