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Dry Drowning Kills Houston Boy Days After Swimming

Doctors determined “dry drowning” was the cause of death for a 4-year-old Houston, Texas, boy, June 3 – days after he had last gone swimming. Parents Francisco Delgado Jr. and Tara Delgado told ABC 13 that they took their son Frankie swimming at the Texas City Dike near Houston on Memorial Day weekend. The boy, who the Delgados affectionately called “Baby Frankie,” seemed fine in subsequent days, but little did anyone in the family realize that his lungs were filling with fluid. On the morning of Saturday, June 3, Frankie complained of his shoulders hurting. Hours later, he sat up ... Read More

Unsafe Guardrails Prompt Texas Safety Bill

Malfunctioning guardrails, improperly installed guardrails, aging guardrails that have gone uninspected for years – these are problems some Texas motorists whose lives have been permanently altered by guardrail accidents are pushing lawmakers to address. The issue of guardrail safety drew national attention when whistleblower Joshua Harman filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Trinity Industries, accusing the Texas manufacturer of secretly altering the design of its popular ET-Plus guardrail system without informing federal regulators of the changes. The case ended in 2014 with a verdict in favor of Mr. Harman and a jury award and penalties worth $663 million. It ... Read More

Petition Seeks Better Oversight of Ballooning Industry After Deadly Texas Crash

Family members of the 15 people who died in a hot air balloon crash in Lockhart, Texas, last summer are petitioning the White House to improve regulatory oversight of the commercial ballooning industry. Frustrated by a lack of meaningful action since the horrific July 30 hot air balloon crash, Patricia Morgan, mother and grandmother of two of the victims, told the Houston Chronicle, “It is important we do not let our loved ones die in vain.” The crash, the worst balloon crash ever to occur in the U.S. and one of the deadliest in the world, turned a spotlight on ... Read More

Fidget spinners may pose a choking hazard

Fidget spinners are just beginning to take a turn as the latest gadget to grab kids’ attentions, but a Texas mother says the whirligig can be a dangerous pastime. Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston, Texas,shared her story on Facebook to warn other parents that these spinners are no joke. Joniec’s 10-year-old daughter Britton was innocently playing with her spinner in the be back seat of her mother’s car when Joniec heard her daughter choke. She pulled over and discovered that her daughter had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner. She performed Heimlich in an attempt to dislodge ... Read More

Outbreak of Mystery Illness at Houston Elementary School Under Investigation

The Houston, Texas, Health Department is investigating an outbreak of illness at an elementary school in the city that sickened more than 80 students and some staff According to Click2Houston, Houston Health Department officials said several Woodland Hills Elementary School students had to leave school early on Wednesday, April 26. On Friday, more than 200 students were absent because of the outbreak, although authorities said that some of those were students who had been kept home as a precaution. The school has 581 students enrolled. Stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea are among the symptoms reported among those sickened. The Harris ... Read More

Proposed Bill Calls For Flame Arrestors On Portable Fuel Containers

A new bill introduced to Congress aims to prevent thousands of serious burn injuries and deaths by requiring flame-arresting mechanisms on gas canisters and other fuel storage containers. The Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) would require portable fuel containers to be capped with flame arrestors that act like filters to stop a flame or spark from traveling to the container and igniting it in a manner known as “flame jetting.” The proposed safety act calls on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to set a safety standard for flame mitigation devices ... Read More

Biloxi Bus Crash Lawsuit Alleges CSX freight Train Had Ample Time To Stop

Fifteen passengers of a Texas tour bus struck by a CSX freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last month have joined a lawsuit along with some of their family members against the railroad company seeking $250 million in damages. The Biloxi bus crash lawsuit, filed in Harris County state court in Houston, claims that the conductor of the CSX train had more than adequate time to bring the freight train to a stop when he became aware of the bus straddling the tracks. The Texas tour bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area, most of them members of ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More

Oil Well worker Crushed To Death in Well Malfunction Near Houston

A contract oil well worker was crushed to death Tuesday, March 14, by malfunctioning oil rig equipment at a Denbury Resources well in Alvin, Texas. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Antonio Perez of El Campo, Texas. Mr. Perez was a long-time employee of Pryor Packers, a company based in Laurel, Mississippi. Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove told ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston that Mr. Perez was an experienced well worker who had worked on the type of wells such as the one that killed him many times in the past. The Associated Press described Mr. Perez as ... Read More

Two Workers Severely Burned By Hot Oil Sue Church’s Fried Chicken For $150 Million

Two employees of a Church’s Fried Chicken in Livingston, Texas, are suing the fast-food chain for $150 million after suffering life-threatening grease burns when the kitchen floor collapsed. Hugolina Guerrero de Garzon, a 35-year-old mother of three, and Joselin Damian Gonzalez, 17, remain hospitalized in guarded condition after being “horrifically, permanently injured” when the floor caved in Aug. 1, 2016. The women were working in a small area of the kitchen in a Church’s Fried Chicken location in Livingston, about 70 miles north of Houston, when the floor gave way. They and another female employee fell down onto a sub-floor ... Read More