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Whistleblower, expert engineer say Trinity guardrails failed critical safety test

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A whistleblower who sued Trinity Industries under the False Claims Act and won, filed documents in court last week alleging the guardrails at the center of the case failed one of the tests ordered by the court. Joshua Harman, a Virginia guardrail installer, alleged in his whistleblower complaint that Dallas, Texas-based Trinity secretly modified its ET-Plus guardrail system in 2006 to save money but failed to tell the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) about the alterations. Mr. Harman claimed that the illegal modifications turned the guardrails into giant spears that cut through vehicles, sometimes impaling their occupants. A federal jury in ... Read More

Listeria illnesses, deaths linked to Happy Apples Company prepackaged caramel apples

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Happy Apples Company of Washington, Mo., is recalling its prepackaged caramel apples after the products were found to be the source of a listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened 29 and killed five in 10 states. All 29 people who were sickened were hospitalized, and nine of the illnesses occurred in pregnant women. The recall comes about a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to consumers not to eat prepackaged caramel apples as it investigated which commercially made brands were responsible for the outbreak. Though the apples are most popular around Halloween, the CDC ... Read More

NTSB investigating Chicago area plane crash that killed three physicians

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Three Kansas hospital physicians were killed in a plane crash Sunday Oct. 12 when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed in a vacant lot in a densely populated Chicago suburb. The victims were identified as neurosurgeon Tausif Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, a cardiologist. Drs. Rehman and Kanchwala worked for Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, Kansas, and Dr. Javaid worked for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. No other casualties or injuries were reported. The airplane carrying the three physicians, all of whom were originally from Pakistan, crashed in the Palos Hills community about five minutes ... Read More

OSHA fines Wireless Horizon for tower collapse that killed two workers

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. with two willful and four serious safety violations following an investigation of a March 25 cell tower collapse that killed two workers in Kansas. The deaths of the workers, two technicians ages 25 and 38, bring the number of U.S. communication tower deaths to 11 so far this year. There have been 24 deaths among cell tower workers since the beginning of 2013, according to OSHA records. The Wireless Horizon workers were dismantling a tower in Blaine, Kansas, using a gin pole, a special load-lifting device. The ... Read More

First deaths linked to enterovirus; five children infected in Alabama

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At least four people have died after contracting enterovirus 68, a severe respiratory illness that has spread to more than 40 states, sickened at least 472 people and caused neurological symptoms in dozens. The illness is most dangerous to children, especially those with asthma. Enterovirus 68 typically resembles the common cold with symptoms such as fever, sneezing, running nose and coughing. A handful of patients have reported polio-like symptoms with muscle weakness in the arms, shoulders, hips and facial muscles. Doctors do not yet know whether the paralysis is permanent. The first cases of enterovirus 68 were seen in August ... Read More

Rare respiratory virus sweeping country, making children ill


A respiratory illness sweeping across the country has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states, sending dozens to the hospital and in some cases, intensive care units. “So if your state doesn’t have it now, watch for it. It’s coming,” said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. Back-to-school season is notorious for making kids sick – literally, that is. Kids get around each other and pick up germs, and then they come home and spread those germs to their siblings. “But this (respiratory virus), this particular Enterovirus 68, is very rare and they ... Read More

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving airport sign that killed Kansas boy

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A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of contractors involving a 10-year-old boy who was killed last March at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Seven members of the Bresette family were traveling from a trip to Destin, Fla., to their home in Kansas, switching flights at the Birmingham, Ala., airport, when a heavy flight-status board came loose from its moorings on the wall and fell on four members of the family while they walked past. The signs were added during a renovation of the airport, and weigh an estimated 300-400 pounds each. Of the four family ... Read More

“Fatigued driving” tops survey of reasons why someone shouldn’t have been driving

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A recent survey performed by CarInsurance.com asked 2,000 drivers which times he or she drove when they shouldn’t have. Answers ranged from being too sick to even being less drunk than their companion, but the most common answer, holding an enormous 68 percent of the vote, was driving while sleepy, also known as “fatigued driving.” Fatigued driving occurs when drivers have gone for an extended period of time without a substantial amount of rest and are thereby impaired from operating a vehicle in the safest manner. Some symptoms of a driver experiencing fatigue include slower information-processing and decision-making; longer reaction ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Monster energy drink killed Kansas City man


A Kansas City woman has filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink alleging the beverage caused her husband’s death. Heather Felts said her husband Shane drank a Monster beverage a day for two weeks to help boost his energy level. On June 24, 2012, they had dinner together and went to bed. At about 2 a.m., Heather says she awoke to a “thump” and found her husband on the bathroom floor. They rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Shane was dead. Heather claims that Monster Energy Drinks markets itself as a dietary supplement, but it is ... Read More

Emergency slide inflates inside United Airlines flight, forces emergency landing

United Airlines chute in plane - ABC News photo by Mike Schroeder

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Santa Ana, Calif., took to Twitter and other social media Sunday to express how terrifying it felt to have an emergency evacuation slide suddenly inflate inside the cabin at 38,000 feet. “Scariest flight of all time,” Taylor Martinez, a passenger on United flight 1463 tweeted after the slide inflated in the back of the cabin. Other passengers, noting the loud hissing sound the slide made, thought that maybe a door had opened in the aircraft. Nobody was injured by the slide, but it did force the pilot to make an emergency ... Read More