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New Jersey school bus hauling kindergartners loses brakes and crashes

A school bus carrying two kindergarten classes and six chaperones rolled backward down a steep hill and crashed in Montclair, New Jersey, Tuesday after losing its brakes. The incident sent three of the adults and two children to the hospital with injuries to the neck, knee, and contusions to the head. The bus was taking 50 kindergartners to nearby Morristown, New Jersey, to see a performance of Charlotte’s Web at the Mayo Center. According to local authorities, the bus, driven by a 36-year-old Newark resident, was ascending the hill when the driver felt the brakes failing. Witnesses said the bus ... Read More

Improper driver training, safety violations result in fatal NJ crash

The death of a 42-year-old mother on a New Jersey highway in 2008 and the sentencing of a commercial truck driver with no previous record demonstrate the enormous responsibility that falls on the shoulders of commercial truckers every time they pick up a load and the consequences of not measuring and properly securing cargo. On the early morning of November 18, Michelle Lamaze of Whitehall Township, New Jersey, was driving to work when she collided with a cargo container that became dislodged from a tractor trailer driven by 31-year-old driver Robert Kostadinov of Illinois. The top of Kostadinov’s cargo container, ... Read More

Deceptive ads lead to two more lawsuits against makers of Yaz

Two more women have filed lawsuits against the makers of Yaz birth control, alleging they were seriously injured after taking the oral contraceptives. They claim had they known the dangers associated with Yaz, they would have never risked their life by taking that type of birth control pill. Amie Nardone and Lauren Powell, both of New Jersey, say Yaz caused them to suffer gallstones and a blood clot, respectively. Yaz is considered a fourth-generation birth control pill and contains a combination of hormones known as ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Drospirenone also works as a diuretic. Since Bayer Healthcare introduced Yaz ... Read More

NJ woman files lawsuit against makers of Yaz birth control

Carole Ann Grohan says she never knew taking Yaz birth control pills could put her life at risk. Instead, the New Jersey woman bought into the flashy commercials about how the oral contraceptive helped clear complexions and protected women from the nasty side effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Carole Ann wasn’t the only woman swayed by the playful advertisements – Yaz soon became the best selling birth control pill in the nation. However, Carole Ann found out the hard way that women like her were being fooled by Bayer Healthcare, the makers of Yaz. She suffered a blood clot in ... Read More

Snowblower injuries peak in post-blizzard Northeast

The number of snowblower injuries has soared in some hospitals after a Christmas blizzard left some parts of the Northeast buried under 2 feet of snow, a Hackensack, New Jersey, paper reported. According to The Record, a dozen North New Jersey residents were treated in hospital emergency rooms this week with hand injuries ranging from minor lacerations to finger amputation. Snow removal can be tedious work, even with the assistance of a snowblower. Removing large volumes of wet, heavy snow can cause the exit chute to become clogged on some snowblower models. The machines contain powerful blades that suck the ... Read More

New Compliance Safety Accountability model goes nationwide

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week announced it had taken a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program nationwide. FMCSA first launched a field test of CSA in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey in February 2008. Last year, the agency added Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Montana to the test group. The program was then modified according to testing results and feedback provided by industry partners. The goal of the CSA (or CSA 2010 as it is commonly called) operational model is to reduce commercial ... Read More

Mother sues Yaz maker for daughter’s untimely death

WARREN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY – Eighteen-year-old college freshman Michelle A. Pfleger was walking to class last fall when she collapsed without warning. Hours later, she was pronounced dead. An autopsy concluded she had died suddenly and unexpectedly from a pulmonary thromboemboli, or a blood clot in her lung. The day before she died she was treated for a knee injury, but the injury wouldn’t have caused her death, her mother, Joan Cummins, told Lehigh Valley Life. “There’s just really no reason that a healthy young woman who had a knee injury would have developed this.” Cummins has another theory as to ... Read More

Clinical trials to begin on stem cell treatment for eye disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for clinical trials to begin on a therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells designed to treat children with a form of macular degeneration known as Stargardt’s macular dystrophy. This is the second clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells that has been approved by the FDA. Last month, a patient in Atlanta was treated in an FDA-approved clinical trial with a drug for people with spinal cord injuries. Stargardt’s macular dystrophy affects about one in 10,000 children. Patients typically begin to lose their central vision between the ages of 6 ... Read More

FDA seeks to shut down Brooklyn food manufacturer for good

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to permanently shut down a Brooklyn, New York-based maker of ready-to-eat deli salads, seafood, and cream cheeses. Food and Drug Administration inspectors say that NY Gourmet Salads Inc. has a history of serious non-compliance with federal food safety standards and the presence of potentially deadly bacteria in its processing facilities and foods. The complaint, which also seeks a permanent injunction against the company’s owner and president Leonard Spada, was filed July 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The Justice Department charges the defendant with violating federal ... Read More

Safety is key in preparing for CSA 2010 changes

Between now and the full implementation of its Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 safety rating system, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct outreach efforts to inform carriers and drivers of the upcoming changes, and to encourage everyone to become actively involved. In February 2008, FMCSA launched a field test of the CSA 2010 operational model in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey encompassing about 50 percent of the carriers and government resources in each of the states. In the spring of 2009, the agency added Montana and Minnesota to the test group. Gradual expansions of the new model ... Read More