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Gas Pipeline Spill Response Inadequate, New Mexico Officials Say

Cleanup of fuel from a gasoline pipeline that ruptured in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, last month is slow and deficient, state environmental officials warned at a County Commission meeting Jan. 22. The Kinder Morgan pipeline ruptured in the southern part of the county just a few miles north of El Paso, Texas, Dec. 13. The pipeline breach released about 294,000 gallons of gasoline into the soil and possibly the groundwater around the spill site. The contamination forced the evacuation of residents near the spill site, many of whom remain in hotels at the company expense. According to the Las ... Read More

Five Children Dead After Disney-Bound Church Van Struck by Tractor-Trailer

A church van taking several Louisiana children and adults to Disney World was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday, Jan. 3, near Gainesville, Florida, killing five children and two adults and injuring several others. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Patrick Riordan said the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 Thursday afternoon when a tractor-trailer traveling on I-75 northbound collided with a car. The collision sent both northbound vehicles across the median into the southbound lanes and into the path of another tractor-trailer and the church van. The crash left a mass of flaming wreckage on I-75. Both tractor-trailer drivers ... Read More

Man faces federal sexual assault charges after groping woman on plane

A man who allegedly groped a woman during a Southwest Airlines flight reportedly told authorities after being arrested that “the President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.” The woman, identified only as C.W., was sitting in a window seat on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque when the alleged sexual assault took place. She says that about 15 minutes into the flight, while she was sleeping, she felt her clothes move and saw fingers she described as hairy with dirty nails reaching up from the seat behind her and touching her around ... Read More

Oregon Teen Sues McDonald’s Over Burn Injuries

An Oregon teen is suing McDonald’s alleging an employee of at one of the fast-food chain’s Madras, Oregon-area restaurants spilled scalding hot water on her, causing severe burns to her abdomen and lower body. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 4 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims the water that the McDonald’s employee allegedly served and spilled was unreasonably hot and caused the 14-year-old girl to suffer “partial thickness burns” to her midsection and lower body, Willamette Week reports. The scalding water damaged the teen’s epidermis – the outer layer of skin, as well as the dermis layer underneath. These “second-degree” burn ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

Court Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against New Mexico DA to Stand

A whistleblower lawsuit against a southern New Mexico district attorney has survived a second attempt by the defendant’s attorneys to get the case dismissed. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that New Mexico state judge Jarod Hofacket denied a motion by lawyers representing Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio to reject a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Marylou Bonacci, a former office manager at Mr. D’Antonio’s office. According to the Sun-News, Ms. Bonacci claims she was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against corruption and other wrongful conduct she allegedly witnessed in the D.A.’s office. The whistleblower lawsuit, which Ms. Bonacci filed ... Read More

Greyhound-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Seven on New Mexico Highway

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a Greyhound bus head-on on I-40 in western New Mexico Thursday morning. The deadly collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and near the Arizona border. New Mexico authorities investigating the crash said that a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound crossed the median and collided with the bus head-on. They said it appears the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle after a tire blowout. Aerial footage of the crash site ... Read More

Opioid Use Disorder Quadruples Among Pregnant Women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) in pregnant women remains a serious concern among public health officials, who continue to fight fraud and abuse associated with the potent painkillers. Now a new study shows that the number of pregnant women with opioid abuse disorder more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the alarming trend, published Aug. 9 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, was measured in pregnant mothers at the time of labor and delivery. Researchers used medical data from the 28 states that keep the records relevant to the ... Read More

Man Sues ZTE For Devastating Cell Phone Fire

A New Mexico man whose Chinese-made ZTE smartphone caught fire as it was charging overnight has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. subsidiary of the manufacturer, alleging the phone’s defective design burned his home and all his possessions and left him with crippling burn injuries. According to the Albuquerque Journal, plaintiff Jose Perez filed the lawsuit in the Judicial District Court in Santa Fe last week. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for economic losses, future medical expenses, and future pain and suffering, among damages. Mr. Perez says he was charging his ZTE Zmax Pro Blu phone overnight next to ... Read More