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Atmos Energy Gas Pipelines Triggered Scores of Texas Explosions, Deaths

Natural gas pipelines owned and operated by Atmos Energy Corp. of Dallas, Texas, have blown up dozens of homes across central and northern Texas since 2006, killing nine people and injuring more than 22. In its Sept. 23 report, “Time Bomb: How Atmos Energy’s natural gas keeps blowing up Texas home,” The Dallas Morning News says Dallas-based Atmos Energy maintains some of the oldest pipes in the country, racks up five times more safety violations than Texas’ other natural gas giant, and is full of excuses when it comes to addressing why its infrastructure causes so much destruction and death. ... Read More

Deadly Texas Train Crash Caused By Errant Truck Driver

Authorities described a Trinity Railway Express train crash in East Fort Worth, Texas, that left two people dead and about a dozen injured when it struck a dump truck as a “preventable tragedy.” Officials investigating the train crash said a dump truck with two people inside went around the crossing arm after it had gone down. A two-level TRE train carrying commuters sounded the horn and went into maximum braking, but it was too late to prevent the 74-mph train from colliding with the truck. The impact of the train crash killed the truck’s two occupants, Arnell Deon Tolliver, 49, ... Read More

U.S. Fights Opioid Epidemic With New Newark/Philadelphia Strike Force

The federal government is expanding its efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis and health care fraud with a new regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force operation for the Newark and Philadelphia areas. The Newark/Philadelphia Medicare Strike Force location is the tenth region-specific operation. All of the Strike Force locations monitor health care activity in a specific region for fraud affecting government health care programs. The growing crisis of opioid abuse and addiction has not just harmed tens of thousands of individuals and their families across the U.S., it has also taken its toll on the Medicare program, which loses billions ... Read More

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

American Airlines Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Medical Emergency

The family of a woman who died on an American Airlines flight from Honolulu to Dallas is suing the air carrier, alleging inoperable in-flight medical equipment and refusal to make an emergency landing contributed to her death. Twenty-five-year-old newlywed Brittany Oswell was flying from Honolulu to Lexington, South Carolina with a connection in Dallas in April 2016 when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest. According to USA Today, Ms. Oswell became dizzy and disoriented about three hours after departing from Honolulu. She started slurring her speech and then fainted, prompting her husband to call for the flight attendants. ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Explosion Kills One Passenger In Flight

One Southwest Airlines passenger suffered fatal injuries when one of the plane’s engines exploded Tuesday, shattering a window and part of the plane’s fuselage. The Southwest Airlines flight had departed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport about 30 minutes before the engine failure. The incident forced the plane with 148 people aboard to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. Seven other people were reportedly injured on the flight. According to Bloomberg, “the dead passenger was not identified but other passengers reported a woman being severely injured during the flight receiving aid from other passengers in a chaotic and bloody ... Read More

Helicopter Crash in NYC’s East River Kills Five

A helicopter crash in New York City’s East River that killed five passengers Sunday, March 11, may have been caused by a shifting piece of luggage, the aircraft’s pilot and sole survivor of the crash, told investigators. Liberty Helicopters pilot Richard Vance, 33, was flying five passengers on a photo shoot when the Eurocopter AS350 lost power. In a mayday call to LaGuardia, Mr. Vance said the helicopter experienced engine failure. Mr. Vance told investigators that the helicopter crash may have been caused by a passenger’s bag. He said the piece of luggage “may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosions Rock Dallas Community, Killing 12-Year-Old Girl

Three natural gas explosions in the same Dallas neighborhood in two days, including a blast that killed a 12-year-old girl the morning of Feb. 23 and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, are being investigated by federal authorities. The Friday explosion in the Northwest Dallas community just north of Dallas Love Field International Airport killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers, known to her friends and family as Michelita, and injured four of her family members. The explosion also destroyed the home, covering surrounding homes with rubble and debris. According to the Associated Press, firefighters arrived at the scene Friday night to ... Read More