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Utah tour bus crash kills NFL player’s father

A bus driver was killed and three passengers critically injured when the tour bus they were traveling in collided with a utility truck near the Utah-Nevada border Oct. 28. The driver of the bus, Pita Asiata, 53, of Bountiful, Utah, was the father Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata, officials investigating the scene said. The bus, operated by Utah-based company Le Bus, was carrying 50 passengers when the accident occurred on Interstate 80. The vehicle departed from Wendover, Nev., and was bound for Salt Lake City, according to bus company officials. The Utah Highway Patrol said that Mr. Asiata was ... Read More

Crashed fuel tanker truck ignites inferno on California freeway

COMMERCE, Calif. — A tanker truck hauling 8,000 gallons on crude oil and diesel fuel crashed on a Southern California highway Sunday morning, Oct. 27, creating a giant inferno that injured two people and forced the evacuation of a neighborhood. The rig was traveling on the Long Beach 710 freeway in Commerce, Calif., when it slammed into a side rail on an overpass and exploded. Aerial footage of the crashed tanker showed its charred remains dangling off of the bridge to the underpass below. The driver of the truck was able to escape, but suffered life-threatening burn injuries. He is ... Read More

Spotlight on Goodyear tires as possible cause of Kentucky school bus crash

LOUISVILLE, KY. — The company–owner of a school bus that spun out of control and crashed on a Louisville highway June 11 took legal action against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. this month to get its tires back from the manufacturer, which had been performing tests on them. According to the Courier-Journal, Commonwealth Bus Service filed a motion Oct. 10 asking a judge to force Goodyear to give the tires back. Commonwealth believes the tires could help investigators understand what caused the bus crash, which injured 32 of the 42 people on board, most of them Waggener High School students ... Read More

Pontchartrain bridge officials mull safety improvements after another truck crashes into lake

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials told New Orleans’ WVUE that the bridge’s southbound lanes need to undergo safety improvements to prevent more trucks and other vehicles from plunging into the lake, a tragically common problem on the 60-year old span. Three vehicles have careened off the side of the Pontchartrain Causeway this year alone, and all of those accidents occurred on the southbound side. The most recent accident occurred on Monday afternoon when a truck driven by a 19-year-old man jumped the low guardrails and crashed into the lake. Authorities are still searching for the man’s body. ... Read More

Daughter’s death in building collapse prompts Philadelphia official to file lawsuit

Philadelphia’s city Treasurer and her husband have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties implicated in the June 5 building collapse that killed their daughter and five other people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store. According to Law 360, Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband John Bryan filed their complaint Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Philadelphia Court of Common pleas, where STB Investments Corp., the Salvation Army, and others face a number of other wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits in connection with the collapse, which additionally injured 13. Anne Bryan, a 24-year-old painting student at the Pennsylvania Academy ... Read More

Massey executive sentenced to 42 months for deadly West Virginia mine blast

A former Massey Energy Co. executive has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role in the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 29 miners. David C. Hughart, 53, pleaded guilty February 28 to federal charges of conspiracy to impede the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and conspiracy to violate U.S. laws regulating mine health and safety.  As president of Massey subsidiary company White Buck Coal, Hughart is the highest-ranking executive charged thus far in connection with the Upper Big Branch blast, the deadliest mining disaster in more than 40 years. ... Read More

City of Columbia, S.C., agrees to $750-million plan to clean up raw sewage pollution

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The city of Columbia, S.C., has reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. government to overhaul its aging and deteriorated sewer system at an estimated cost of $750 million. The proposal comes after environmental regulators determined the city violated the Clean Water Act and allowed overflows of untreated raw sewage to flow into streams and waterways in low-income and minority neighborhoods. The agreement will also require Columbia to spend $1 million in supplementary environmental cleanup projects to restore streams, reduce flooding, and improve water quality in the neighborhoods affected by the raw sewage releases. Columbia is the ... Read More

Son of woman killed in Philadelphia building collapse files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a woman killed when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of a Salvation Army thrift store has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the collapsed buildings and those who were involved in the demolition. The lawsuit is the second wrongful death complaint to be filed in connection with the June 5 disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others, some critically. Roseline Conteh, a mother of eight children who moved to Philadelphia from Sierra Leone, was shopping at the Salvation Army thrift store when the adjacent apartment building collapsed on top ... Read More

Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Private buses bound to few safety rules and standards

Passengers who use privately owned buses, such as those owned and operated by churches, should know that the vehicles are not bound to the same federal and state safety requirements that commercial and school buses must meet. The problem of allowing buses that don’t fall under the same strict oversight to transport passengers was underscored recently by the crash of a church-owned bus that sped off an Indiana interstate and crashed July 27, killing three adults and an unborn child. Dozens of other passengers were injured in the crash, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist ... Read More