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NTSB: Passengers Evacuating Airplanes With Carry-Ons Pose Safety Risk

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is asking federal aviation regulators to consider what could be done to discourage commercial airline passengers from grabbing their carry-on bags in the event of fire or other runway emergency. The NTSB recently released its final report on American Airlines Flight 383, which experienced an “uncontained failure of the right engine and subsequent fire” during takeoff at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Oct. 28, 2016. While the NTSB determined the causes of the engine fire — microscopic fatigue cracks in a turbine disk that broke apart and pierced a fuel line and tank – ... Read More

Conductor’s Widow Sues Amtrak, CSX Over Deadly South Carolina Crash

Amtrak and CSX are facing a lawsuit filed by the widow of the train engineer who was killed Feb. 4 when Amtrak Train 91 was wrongfully diverted onto a side track, where it collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, South Carolina. Attorneys for Christine Cella and her two children filed the lawsuit against Amtrak and CSX alleging negligence in the operation of a track switch caused 36-year-old Michael Cella’s death. The collision also killed 54-year-old Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf and injured 116 passengers and crew aboard the train, which was traveling from New York to Miami. The National ... Read More

Drug companies shipped 20.8M opioids to WVa town of 2,900

How could drug wholesalers send 20.8 million prescription painkillers over a 10-year period to two West Virginia pharmacies in a town of just 2,900 people without raising red flags by authorities? That’s what a congressional committee investigating the nation’s opioid epidemic wants to know. The House Energy and Commerce Committee took issue with massive shipments of opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone by wholesalers Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith to Tug Valley Pharmacy and Hurley Drug in the tiny town of Williamson in Mingo County, located in southern West Virginia. “These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of ... Read More

Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures 116 In South Carolina

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train Sunday morning near Columbia, South Carolina, killing two Amtrak employees and injuring 116 others. The deadly crash, Amtrak’s third fatal accident since its Cascades 501 train derailed south of Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 18, occurred about 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning in the town of Cayce, South Carolina. According to CBS News, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the collision killed Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf, 54, and conductor Michael Sella, 32. Mr. Kempf and Mr. Sella were among the 148 people aboard Amtrak 91, including 139 passengers ... Read More

Feds Dismantle Opioid Distribution Center and Southern Pill Mills

Federal prosecutors said they have taken down the operators of a health care fraud and opioid trafficking and distribution operation that stretched from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rome, Italy and contributed to the deaths of about 700 people. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said indictments were unsealed Jan. 4 charging two Italian citizens and five American citizens for their roles in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy and opioid drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, oxymorphone, and morphine outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. The DOJ says that the defendants ran ... Read More

150 Train Crashes, Hundreds of Deaths Preventable With Speed Control

Railroad data obtained by the Associated Press shows that nearly 300 people have been killed and several thousand maimed in 150 U.S. train crashes that could have been prevented had rail companies installed the speed-control technology that federal safety investigators have been advocating for decades. According to the AP, National Transportation Board (NTSB) investigators first pushed for “automatic train control” in 1969, after two Penn Central commuter trains crashed into each other in Darien, Connecticut, killing four people and injuring 43. Since that crash, there have been 298 deaths, 6,763 injuries, and $385 million in property damages in train crashes ... Read More

Amtrak Train Derails in Savannah Station

An Amtrak train hauling more than 300 passengers and crew from Miami to New York City derailed at the Savannah, Georgia, station Wednesday night. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Associated Press that the derailment occurred as the Silver Meteor train #98 was backing into the Savannah station. The last three cars of the train – a baggage car and two sleeper cars – left the tracks but remained fully upright. No injuries were reported. The derailment occurred as a historic snowstorm was pummeling the Savannah area and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Passenger Joel Potischman, who was traveling ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills 14 Cruise Passengers and Guide In Mexico’s Yucatan

At least 15 people were killed when a tour bus taking Royal Caribbean Cruise ship passengers on a tour of Mayan ruins crashed Tuesday morning in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Authorities in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo told ABC News that five Americans were among those killed in the bus crash. Eleven of the victims were passengers on the Celebrity Equinox and Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas ships. One victim was a Mexican tour guide and one of the victims was reportedly a child. Celebrity Cruises are part of the Royal Caribbean cruise line family. News source Novadades Quintana ... Read More

Food banks recall candy possibly laced with chemicals

Harvesters – The Community Food Network is notifying all its partner food pantry agencies to remove from their warehouses all Bibi Frutix candy products received through the Harvesters’ distribution program because the candy is likely contaminated with a chemical substance and can be harmful if eaten. The chemical contaminant was not identified, but according to the Wamego, Kansas Police Department, several people who sampled the contents reported that the sugar powder inside the product had a chemical taste. There have been two reports of illness to date, the first of which was reported by a partner food pantry agency in ... Read More

VW Exec Gets 7-Year Sentence for Emissions Cheat Role

A top-ranking Volkswagen executive in the U.S. received a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal charges connected to the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal. Oliver Schmidt, a German citizen who served as a Michigan-based liaison between VW and U.S. regulators pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and one count of violating the Clean Air Act. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit sentenced Mr. Schmidt to seven years, the maximum allowable sentence for his offenses and the punishment that federal prosecutors had sought. Mr. Schmidt had asked the judge to cap his sentence ... Read More