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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

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

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

Job-site Amputation Performed on Texas Construction Worker

A construction worker had to undergo an emergency leg amputation on a Frisco, Texas, job site after he became caught in the blades of a trench digging machine Feb.1, local authorities said. Kevin Haines of the Frisco Fire Department told CBS Dallas Fort Worth that the worker’s leg was entangled in the machine to the point where they didn’t think he could be extricated with just tools. The accident happened in a field where workers were laying pipe for the construction of a housing development. Emergency workers assessing the problem also determined that the trenching machine, which resembles a giant ... Read More

Jason’s Deli Data Breach Affects 2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

Jason’s Deli is advising its customers to check for suspicious activity in their banking and credit card accounts after it discovered a data breach affecting about two million accounts. The Beaumont, Texas-based company, which operates 275 restaurants in 28 states, says that hackers installed “RAM-scraping” malware at several point-of-sale (POS) terminals in various corporate-owned Jason’s Deli restaurants starting on June 8. Jason’s Deli headquarters said that the data breach came to its attention on Dec. 22 after it was notified by payment processors that credit card security personnel had discovered a large quantity of credit and debit card information appearing ... Read More

Whistleblowers Help U.S. Recover $7.5 Million From Dallas Hospital

A Dallas-based hospital will pay the U.S. $7.5 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two whistleblowers who accused the hospital of engaging in an illegal kickback scheme. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, whistleblowers Suzanne Scott and Savannah Sogar claimed that Pine Creek Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, provided physicians with valuable kickbacks in exchange for surgical referrals. Both women were formerly employed in Pine Creek’s marketing department. Supporting the whistleblowers’ allegations, federal prosecutors alleged that Pine Creek would pay for advertisements and other promotional materials benefitting the physicians with ... Read More

Floor Collapse at UNT Area Apartment Injures Party-goers

Structural engineers are looking at the design and construction of a student housing apartment complex near the University of North Texas (UNT) after the floor of a third-story apartment collapsed under the weight of a party early Sunday morning. Police in Denton, Texas, home of UNT, said the collapse occurred about 2 a.m. Sunday at The Ridges, an off-campus, student-only apartment complex. Authorities said there were at least 30 people in the third-story apartment for a party following a UNT victory at its homecoming game against University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Firefighters called to the scene were prepared for ... Read More

Bill Banning Distracted Driving Passes Texas Legislature

A bill addressing distracted driving has passed the Texas Senate, making its way closer to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk and to becoming law. Texas House Bill 62 takes aim at texting and driving specifically. If signed into law, the bill would take effect Sept. 1. The bill, HB 62, would make it a misdemeanor criminal offense to use a “wireless communication device” while driving to “read, write or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.” A Distracted Driving Law With Exceptions Though it addresses texting and driving, which in recent years has emerged ... Read More

Tractor-trailer Crash Kills Four on Indiana Highway

Indiana State Police say four people are dead after a tractor-trailer failed to slow for traffic and struck a passenger vehicle and another truck near Terre Haute Saturday, May 13. Terre Haute’s Tribune-Star reports that the tractor-trailer was traveling east on Interstate 70 west of Terre Haute when traffic in the eastbound lanes started to slow because of an active fire, reportedly from a tractor-trailer brake fire, along the highway. Just before 5 p.m., the tractor-trailer failed to slow down and slammed into the back of a Toyota car, pushing it into the back of a flatbed trailer and causing ... Read More

Teavana Flip Tumblers Recalled Over Breakage, Burn Risks

Starbucks unit Teavana is recalling more than 23,000 of 14-ounce “flip tumblers” sold in the U.S. after receiving a dozen reports that the item leaks and poses a burn risk. The tumblers, which are designed to hold hot liquid and steep hot tea, come with a clear plastic cap and a welded black base that screws onto a stainless steel tumbler. The tumblers were sold in black and silver models with the name “Teavana” printed on the side. They were sold in Teavana stores nationwide and online at Tevan.com from October 2016 through February 2017 for about $40. According to ... Read More