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Amazon Prime Cargo Plane Crash Kills 3

A Boeing 767-300 cargo plane operated by Atlas Air on behalf of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air crashed last weekend killing the three crew members who were on board including Capt. Sean Archuleta of Houston, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska of Antigua and Capt. Ricky Blakely of Indiana. The plane was en route from Miami when it crashed near Anahuac, Texas, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Video from a nearby jail recorded the last few seconds of the fatal flight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash, and its chairman, Robert Sumwalt, confirmed ... Read More

Woman helps factory workers seek compensation for benzene exposure

Sherry Roe was with her father for his chemotherapy treatment when she made the connection between her father’s terminal cancer and the company where he worked for 28 years. “He’s sitting there talking to a guy on either side of him and they’re all cutting up. They’re all there getting chemo and they all had the same disease,” she told the Kokomo Tribune. “I said, ‘Dad, who are those men?’ He said, ‘This guy’s my foreman and this guy worked in the department with me.’ That’s when it hit me. Something big is going on.” The men all worked at ... Read More

Town hall meeting to warn factory workers about benzene exposure risks

A woman whose father died after years of being exposed to the carcinogenic chemical benzene is calling a town meeting in Kokomo, Indiana, in hopes of connecting with factory workers who may have become ill to help them should they wish to take legal action. “It’s always been my goal to help the retirees, the workers that are there,” said Sherry Roe, whose father, Glenn Dukes, worked for Delco Electronics for 28 years. In 2009, he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and died two months later. His death certificate listed AML and “history ... Read More

Deadly Wrong-Way Tractor-Trailer Crash Prompts Lawsuit

The widow of an Illinois man who was killed Dec. 5 when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with the school bus he was riding in has filed a wrongful death complaint against the trucking company and its owner. Kathleen Crabtree filed the lawsuit in McLean (Illinois) County Circuit Court, alleging the tractor-trailer driver Ryan Hute was driving his truck negligently and recklessly the wrong way on I-74 near Bloomington, Indiana, Dec. 5 when he collided head-on with a school bus carrying the Normal West High school girls’ junior varsity basketball team. The crash killed Ms. Crabtree’s husband, Charles Crabtree, 72, who ... Read More

Second lawsuit filed in deadly school bus accident

A second lawsuit has been filed in a Dec. 5, 2018, crash involving an Indiana school bus and a flatbed truck that took the life of a 13-year-old student. The accident occurred when the driver of the school bus, 54-year-old Cheryl Warner, stopped the bus at a railroad crossing, as required by law. A flatbed truck driven by 26-year-old Tylor Perry rear-ended the bus as the bus began to accelerate across the railroad crossing. The accident visibly crushed the back, left side of the vehicle, killing Owen Abbott, who was seated in the back of the bus. The bus from ... Read More

Side Underride Bill Languishes in U.S. Congress

In December 2017, a bipartisan bill that would require side guards on tractor-trailers to prevent deadly underride crashes was introduced to the Senate. One year later, Congress has yet to take any action on the bill. The Stop Underrides Act calls for new regulations that would require tractor-trailer and other heavy vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to install side underride guards. The bill would also require the U.S. Department of Transportation to review the underride standards every five years for improvement or modification and to strengthen rear-underride guards that are already required on tractor-trailers and other large trucks. The ... Read More

Student dead after truck collides with school bus

A school field trip to see “Elf The Musical” in Marshall County, Indiana, turned tragic when a truck towing a flatbed trailer rammed into the back of a school bus, killing 13-year-old Owen Abbott, and injuring another child. The school bus from Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was traveling northbound on US 31 on the morning of Dec. 5 when the bus stopped at a railroad crossing. The bus started to move and then stopped again. That’s when the truck collided with the back of the bus. There were 38 eighth-graders and three chaperones on the school bus along with ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Recover $5.1 Million In Medicaid Funds From Indiana Dental Chain

A whistleblower who sued an Indiana-based dental chain and its Kansas-based management company has helped the U.S. and Indiana recover $5.1 million in Medicaid funds. The whistleblower lawsuit named ImmediaDent of Indianapolis and Samson Dental Partners, LLC, which provided administrative services to the dental chain, as defendants. The complaint alleged that the companies submitted false claims to Medicaid by improperly billing tooth extractions as more costly surgical extractions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky said in an announcement of the settlement. The whistleblower’s complaint also accused ImmediaDent and Samson of billing Medicaid for “deep cleanings” that ... Read More

Goshen residents file lawsuit over building demolition

A group of 56 Goshen, Indiana, residents have filed a lawsuit against Johnson Controls alleging the demolition of its facility in the town exposed them and their properties to cancer-causing asbestos, and that tons of asbestos-contaminated debris was illegally buried in a farm just east of town. The lawsuit was filed last month in Elkhart County Circuit Court in Indiana, and names Johnson Controls Inc., (JCI) and TOCON Holdins LLC., which bought the building from Johnson Controls in 2007. First Federal Savings Bank (FFSB) of Huntington is also named as a defendant in the case because it holds the mortgage ... Read More

One worker dead, another injured after steel beam falls

One worker was killed and another critically injured when a steel beam fell at the construction site of a nine-story apartment building in Evanston, Indiana, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Workers at the site were using a crane to unload steel beams from a truck when the crane’s rigging failed and dropped a beam from about 30 feet in the air on to the two workers, ages 55 and 27. The older man was taken to the hospital where he later died. The younger man had to be extricated from under the beam and was also taken to the ... Read More