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Georgia company pays $3 million for sickening BP oil spill workers with ammonia release

Georgia-based Millard Refrigerated Services has agreed to pay the U.S. $3 million to resolve allegations that it released thousands of pounds of potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia from one of its warehouses, sickening 152 people in Alabama who were cleaning up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said that the company had failed to take adequate measures to prevent its ammonia production systems in Theodore, Ala., from hydraulic shock, which can cause “catastrophic failures” in the specialized equipment. As a result, on Aug. 23, 2010, the equipment released 32,000 pounds of the noxious gas into the air, where it traveled ... Read More

Amtrak lawsuits mount in wake of deadly Philadelphia crash

Lawsuits continue to mount against Amtrak and engineer Brandon Bostonian alleging the reckless operation of Train 188 caused it to derail and crash in Philadelphia May 12, causing serious personal injuries and other hardships. Newlyweds Declan MacFarland, 34, and Kathryn Varnum, 33, are the latest to file a lawsuit blaming Amtrak for injuries. The couple was on their way to New York from a family visit in Virginia when the train crashed. A lawyer representing the couple told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Varnum received multiple hip and spine fractures and MacFarland received a concussion and other injuries. They were traveling ... Read More

Chevron to pay $5 million to family of worker killed in fracking blast

A Pennsylvania County court approved a $5-million settlement Tuesday between Chevron Appalachia and the parents of a man killed in a 2014 natural gas explosion at a fracking operation in the southwestern corner of the state. Ian McKee was 27 when he was killed in a violent explosion at the Marcellus Shale fracking well on Feb. 11, 2014. He had been working as a field service technician for Houston-based Cameron International Corp., which Chevron had contracted for service work at the well site, when the blast occurred, setting off a fire that raged for five days before it burned out. ... Read More

Chicago bus plows into rush-hour cars and pedestrians, kills local woman

One woman was killed and eight others injured when a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus suddenly struck several vehicles on a busy downtown Chicago street, jumped a curb, and crashed into a concrete wall during Tuesday evening rush hour. Authorities identified the fatality as Aimee Coath, 51, of Flossmoor, Ill., a suburban enclave south of Chicago. Ms. Coath was taken from the scene to Northwetern Memorial Hospital where she later died of her crash injuries, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Ms. Coath had been in the city to plan a wedding for her daughter and was on her ... Read More

Tractor trailer wheels detach on Michigan highway, kill two motorists

Michigan police are investigating why a tire assembly broke free of a tractor trailer axel and smashed into car on a highway in Portage, Mich., Saturday, killing two people in another vehicle who were traveling to a wedding. Rebecca Avery, 67, was riding in the back seat of a Honda Accord when the vehicle was struck by a set of tires that became detached from a tanker truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son-in-law, Michael Ditewig, 34, was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. He died Sunday afternoon of his crash injuries. Mr. Ditewig’s wife ... Read More

Black & Decker pays $1.5 million penalty for not reporting dangerous lawnmowers

Black & Decker Inc. will pay the U.S. more than $1.5 million for marketing and selling cordless electric lawn mowers that it knew were defective and dangerous, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. Federal regulators say that Black & Decker violated the reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to report that cordless lawnmowers it made and sold between 1995 and 2006 could start spontaneously and continue to run even after consumers released the handles and removed the safety keys. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Black & Decker received more ... Read More

One dead, nine injured after city bus crash in downtown Duluth, Minn.

DULUTH, Minn. – An out-of-control Duluth Transit Authority bus crashed in downtown Duluth, Minn., Tuesday morning, killing one man and injuring nine passengers. The Duluth Police Department said it is still too early to tell what caused driver Rodney Frank Polson, 58, a longtime employee of the city’s transit authority with a clean driving record, to lose control of the bus, but they said early indications point toward a medical emergency. According to investigators, the DTA bus was traveling east on Superior St. in the downtown area when it smashed into a stop sign and a traffic pole, then crossed ... Read More

California utility hit with $1.6-billion fine for deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion

California regulators hit Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the state’s largest utility, with a $1.6 billion fine for safety violations stemming from a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that ripped through the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno, killing eight people and injuring 58 others. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the record fine Thursday by a 4-0 vote with one commissioner who allegedly had improper communications with the PG&E officials abstaining. The fine is 10 times the previous record fine of $146 million, levied against Southern California Edison in Sept. 2008 over a fraudulent customer satisfaction scheme tied to ... Read More

Greyhound faces lawsuit for 2013 rollover crash near Cincinnati

A Wyoming couple is suing Greyhound bus company and driver Dwayne Garrett in a Michigan federal court for injuries sustained in Sept. 2013 rollover crash outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. David Otte, one of six bus passengers airlifted to a hospital after the crash, and his wife Sandra Otte say that Mr. Garrett had fallen asleep at the wheel or “otherwise lost consciousness” when the bus veered off Interstate 75, struck a tree and a fence, and toppled over. The crash injured 34 of the 50 passengers aboard the bus. The Ottes’ complaint claims that Mr. Otte suffered a traumatic brain ... Read More

Lawsuit blames defective fuel regulator for fatal Army helicopter crash

The families of two U.S. soldiers involved in an Army helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2013 have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the aircraft’s engine control unit, alleging the digital part failed to send enough fuel to the engine, which resulted in loss of engine power during flight. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Groves III, 37, was killed when the Kiowa Warrior OH-58D helicopter he was piloting crashed on March 16, 2013. Co-pilot 1st Lt. Jonathon K. Kohl, 25, received severe trauma to his head and spine and now lives in a Germantown, Md., rehabilitation facility where he has a ... Read More