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Yellowstone tour bus crash injures 26 passengers and driver

Three tourists injured when a commercial tour bus flipped in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., en route to Yellowstone National Park on Thursday remain in the hospital. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash say the driver of the bus may have run off the pavement and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip on its side. The bus overturned and slid perpendicular across both lanes of Highway 89/287 north of Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake before coming to a stop. No other vehicles were involved. All 26 tourists on the bus, most of them from China, were injured in ... Read More

Mechanical failure eyed as cause of N.Y. bus crash that killed teen river guide

New York State Police investigating the cause of a bus crash that killed a 15-year-old employee of a river tubing company Saturday afternoon say that a mechanical failure may be to blame. Hunter Scofield, a National Honor Society student who would have been a high school junior in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., this fall, was thrown from a bus owned and operated by his employer, Tubby Tubes Co. of Lake Luzerne. He died at the scene. The 77-year-old driver of the bus told police that the brakes on the bus had failed as he slowed down to make a turn on ... Read More

Minneapolis transit driver suffers medical emergency, loses control of bus

A Minneapolis municipal bus driver who collapsed suddenly behind the wheel of a Metro Transit bus last week has sparked more debate on the physical fitness requirements for drivers at the helm of passenger buses. The Hennepin County, Minn., medical examiner’s office found that driver John L. Senior Jr., 58, “suffered a sudden collapse,” according to the StarTribune, causing him to lose control of the bus. Mr. Senior later died of natural causes. WCCO reported that there were less than a dozen passengers on the bus when it careened onto a downtown sidewalk, running over garbage cans, hitting lamp posts, ... Read More

Vials of blood thinner Coumadin recalled due to possible contamination

Six lots of the commonly prescribed blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin) are being recalled because visible particulate matter was found in some vials of the drug. If injected, particulate – whether of metallic or non-metallic cellulose matter – can cause serious and potentially fatal adverse reactions including embolization, as well as allergic reactions. Coumadin is a prescription medication used to treat blood clots and to lower the risk of blood clots forming in the body. It is available in both an oral and an injectable formulation. The injectable formulation is typically administered in a hospital setting by health care professionals to ... Read More

Fifth Alabamian infected with mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus

A Jefferson County, Ala., woman has become the fifth Alabamian to contract the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, and state health officials are cautiously concerned that the disease may become a problem in the United States if the trend continues. The Cikungunya virus is spread by the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is prevalent in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. The mosquitoes have been traveling just off the American coast but have not yet reached the United States. The first Alabamian to develop Cikungunya likely contracted the virus while visiting Haiti. The virus causes symptoms such as fever, headaches, severe joint pain and rash. It ... Read More

Passengers injured in Colorado bus crash sue transit agency, tractor owner

Nine passengers who were injured in a public transit bus crash last October in El Jebel, Colo., have filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the bus operator, driver, and other parties involved in the crash seeking compensation for damages and a jury trial. According to the Aspen Times, the plaintiffs were riding a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) bus on Highway 82 from Aspen Oct. 26 when the crash occurred. The Colorado State Patrol investigated the incident and reported that the bus skidded and slammed into a concrete barrier on the right shoulder after the driver swerved to avoid a slow-moving ... Read More

Louisiana AG lawsuit claims Fresenius products caused fatal heart attacks in dialysis patients

The Louisiana Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nearly 100 Fresenius-owned dialysis clinics in the state alleging that its dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte contributed to fatal heart attacks of dialysis patients. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, claims Fresenius violated Louisiana law and attempted to defraud dialysis clinics, physicians, the state and its residents with confusing labeling on its dialysis products, which resulted in patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Louisiana seeks civil penalties of $5,000 per violation and is asking the court to force Fresenius to pay ... Read More

Federal regulators shutter Minnesota charter bus company amid safety crackdown

Federal regulators have shut down a Minnesota-based bus company as part of a national crackdown on dangerous bus companies, saying the motorcoach company’s operating practices presented an “imminent hazard to the public.” In a 16-page report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said On Eagles Wings Charters of Lakeville, Minn., cited defects in the company’s 10-bus fleet, as well as the company’s failure to ensure its buses are systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained. According to FMCSA, a recent inspection of five company buses ready for dispatch resulted in four being pulled from service immediately. “In all, 40 separate safety ... Read More

Family of student killed in FedEx truck crash file wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a California student who was killed in April when a FedEx truck struck the charter bus he was a passenger on has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the express mail company. The lawsuit, filed by the family of 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez in Los Angeles County, is the latest lawsuit to be filed in the wake of the fiery April 10 bus crash, which left 10 people dead. Mr. Jimenez, an aspiring artist from Los Angeles, was on a charter bus trip taking students on a weekend tour to Humboldt University in Arcata, Calif. He was among ... Read More

Thousands of pounds of beef recalled due to possible mad cow disease scare

A Missouri meat packing plant is recalling thousands of pounds of fresh beef because of the risk of mad cow disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle. Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, Mo., issued the recall on 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products, including its Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye and quartered beef carcasses, because the cows from which the meat was produced did not have their dorsal root ganglia completely removed. The dorsal root ganglia is part of the cow’s central nervous system that is affected by mad cow disease. It must be removed from all cattle by the ... Read More