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Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Pennsylvania Toy Factory

Workplace amputation accidents continue to leave U.S. workers with debilitating, lifelong injuries that can adversely impact their ability to work and earn an income, despite federal and state efforts to raise awareness among employers about the work-related hazards that cause these crippling injuries. One of the latest examples of an on-the-job amputation accident occurred at an Elysburg, Pennsylvania toy manufacturing facility when a worker cleaning a machine suffered an arm amputation. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an employee of The Toy Factory became stuck in a machine when the amputation occurred. Although OSHA doesn’t elaborate ... Read More

Driver Used Prescription, Illicit Drugs Before Deadly Texas Church Bus Crash

A truck driver who collided head-on with a church bus near Concan, Texas last year was impaired by a combination of prescription drugs and marijuana, federal investigators said. In its Oct. 16 report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the March 29, 2017, crash that killed 13 people and seriously injured two underscores deficiencies in leadership, law-enforcement training, and bus safety that should be corrected to help prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The deadly crash occurred when Jack Dillon Young, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck, crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 83, entered ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Marine Recruits

Hundreds of Marine recruits fell ill in an outbreak of E. coli at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California, including nine that have developed kidney failure. U.S. Marine Corps officials have not identified the source of the E. coli outbreak but said the matter is under investigation and announced several measures being implemented to prevent further illnesses. Seventeen of the Marines-in-training sickened in the E. coli outbreak have required hospitalization off base, including nine whose illness led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes, seizures, ... Read More

NJ Company Gets Army Grant To treat Severe Burn Patients

Patients with severe burn injuries could one day get an extra boost in their recovery, thanks to a collaboration between a New Jersey immunotherapy developer and the U.S. Army to develop new blood purification therapies. CytoSorbents Corporation announced it received a $719,000 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to develop new blood purification treatments to stabilize victims with severe burn injuries. The grant will be paid out over a four-year period to fund collaborative research by CytoSorbents and leading burn researchers with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) in San Antonio, Texas. “Severe burn injury, ... Read More

Unsafe Guardrails Prompt Texas Safety Bill

Malfunctioning guardrails, improperly installed guardrails, aging guardrails that have gone uninspected for years – these are problems some Texas motorists whose lives have been permanently altered by guardrail accidents are pushing lawmakers to address. The issue of guardrail safety drew national attention when whistleblower Joshua Harman filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Trinity Industries, accusing the Texas manufacturer of secretly altering the design of its popular ET-Plus guardrail system without informing federal regulators of the changes. The case ended in 2014 with a verdict in favor of Mr. Harman and a jury award and penalties worth $663 million. It ... Read More

Petition Seeks Better Oversight of Ballooning Industry After Deadly Texas Crash

Family members of the 15 people who died in a hot air balloon crash in Lockhart, Texas, last summer are petitioning the White House to improve regulatory oversight of the commercial ballooning industry. Frustrated by a lack of meaningful action since the horrific July 30 hot air balloon crash, Patricia Morgan, mother and grandmother of two of the victims, told the Houston Chronicle, “It is important we do not let our loved ones die in vain.” The crash, the worst balloon crash ever to occur in the U.S. and one of the deadliest in the world, turned a spotlight on ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

A San Antonio, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over injuries she allegedly sustained when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over her foot. Sonya Dawson, 49, filed her lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio. Like many similar suits filed against Fiat Chrysler, Ms. Dawson alleges the gear shifter the automaker installed in some of its vehicles is defectively designed and prone to cause rollaway accidents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Dawson pulled into her driveway and put her Grand Cherokee diesel in park. She then got out of the vehicle with the ... Read More

13 Dead In Southwest Texas Church Bus Crash

Thirteen people were killed Wednesday afternoon and at least two others injured when their church bus collided with a pickup truck on a southwest Texas highway. Investigators say it’s not yet clear what caused the head-on crash or who may have been at fault. They reported that the bus belonged to First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. Fourteen members of the church were aboard the bus and were headed home to New Braunfels on U.S. 83. The crash occurred outside of Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio just before 12:30 p.m. according to several reports. ... Read More