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Elementary Football League Bus Crash, 1 Child Dead and 45 InjuredBENTON, ARKANSAS — A charter bus carrying a youth football team crashed in the early hours of Monday morning. The team was from Tennessee, and had just played a championship game in Dallas this past weekend. On their homeward-bound commute at about 2:40 AM, the bus lost control and veered off of Interstate 30, where it rolled to a stop outside of Benton, Arkansas.

The tragic incident left one casualty and injured at least 45 others. The Saline County coroner identified the victim as 9-year-old Kameron Johnson. The majority of those injured were children, ages 8-10, accompanied by chaperones. The injured survivors were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas.

The Tennessee charter bus company Scott Shuttle Service has had a clean record over the past two years with zero crashes. However, they received a penalty fine in July 2018 for a driver operating a truck without a proper license.

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Close Call - Deep Ellum Scooter Accident Victim Almost Forced to Amputate LegDEEP ELLUM— A simple Bird scooter ride almost cost one man without a leg. Arlington resident Alexander Forney, 21, was riding a Bird scooter in Deep Ellum this past August when he “tapped the brake a little too hard” which sent him sailing over the handlebars into the pavement.

A ride that should have only cost about one dollar turned into an almost 1 million dollar medical journey. Alexander’s face was covered in road rash, his tooth cracked, his tibia was broken in three places, and his knee was shattered into about 1,000 fragments. He describes it as “one of the most painful experiences of my whole life.” The damage was so extensive that doctors almost had to amputate his leg. Nine hours of surgery later,  Alexander now lives with over a dozen metal rods in his left leg, arthritis, and nerve damage. To make light of an otherwise very dark situation, he got a tattoo of a broken scooter on his leg.

Alexander was the only person involved in the incident, so there is no opposing party to pay for his damages. Luckily, his insurance covered most of the medical expenses, leaving him to pay $10,000 out of pocket. Bird & Lime scooters require users to sign their arbitration agreements (digitally, through the app) before riding. This agreement ensures the companies’ limited liability, so no, you cannot sue them for crashing the scooter yourself.

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Limousine Crash Investigation - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne ReilleyThe investigation continues in the Upstate New York limo crash, which resulted in 20 fatalities. On October 10, New York Police arrested Nauman Hussain, son of the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.

The owner of the Chauffeur Service has been contacted by State Police Major Patnaude and is currently in Pakistan. His son, Nauman, is the operator for Prestige, according to authorities.

Nauman Hussain has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. The lawyer representing Hussain claims he is innocent and plead not guilty in Schoharie Town Court. He posted bond at $150,000.

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Officials are calling it the deadliest transportation crash in the United States in nearly a decade.

Saturday afternoon in upstate New York, a stretch limousine ran through a stop sign and struck two pedestrians, killing both. The limo crashed into a vacant parked SUV, killing everyone inside.

The limo was transporting a birthday party on their way to a brewery. Three of the victims were sisters, whose husbands were also inside the vehicle. Their children were left at home.

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For most counties in Texas, students went back to school in August. Teachers, parents, and kids of all ages likely geared up for the summer to fall transition for weeks.

Returning to school not only means getting back in the classroom, but also the return to playgrounds, gymnasiums, forms of travel, and sports. While recess and extracurricular activities are often referred to as the “fun” part of school for many, they are also the setting for the potential of numerous accidents and injuries.

According to research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign (NSKC), an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and younger sustain school related injuries each year.

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180830185511-01-new-mexico-bus-crash-super-tease-300x169UPDATE – Authorities on Saturday identified five of the eight people who died in this week’s crash involving a Greyhound bus and a semitrailer on Interstate 40 in New Mexico.

The victims were identified as Sadie Thomas, 50; Charla Bahe, 34; Terry Mason, 45; Luis Alvarez, 50; and Veronica Jean Williams, 49, the Office of the Medical Investigator in New Mexico announced in a news release. Alvarez was the bus driver.

At least eight people were killed and more than 40 injured after a semi-truck and Greyhound bus collided on a busy New Mexico highway Thursday. One survivor, Rachel Cunningham, who said she was asleep on the Greyhound when the crash happened, woke up to a gaping hole in the bus’ passenger side.

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UPDATE: The FDA continues to work with the manufacturers to evaluate reports of deaths in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. Since the August 2017 update:

  • The FDA has received reports of five additional deaths that occurred worldwide since 2016. Four of these deaths (three with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System manufactured by Apollo Endosurgery, and one with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System manufactured by ReShape Lifesciences) occurred following gastric perforation one  day to 3.5 weeks after balloon placement. The fifth death was reported for a patient who had the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.  The report does not mention a perforation event and the manufacturer is still investigating this death.

Since 2016, the FDA has received reports of a total of 12 deaths that occurred in patients with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems worldwide. Seven of these 12 deaths were patients in the U.S. (four with the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System, and three with the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System).

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Ctrl-300x200There are many measures to determine car safety, and one is to examine driver death rates per vehicle. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released in May identified the most dangerous cars on the road based on this measure.

Most of the models that have the highest driver fatality rates are small cars with structures that are less able to absorb the brunt of crashes. All of the cars with the lowest driver death rates were either large luxury cars or SUVs.

According to IIHS, 4-door minicars have the worst death rate at 87 per 1 million registered vehicles, while 4-wheel drive large luxury SUVs have the lowest with six driver deaths per 1 million registered vehicles.

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A school bus carrying fifth graders on a field trip was ripped apart as it collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey interstate highway Thursday morning, according to New Jersey State Police.

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Multiple people were killed, The Associated Press and local outlets reported, citing the Morris County prosecutor’s office.

People involved in the accident on Route 80 were taken to at least three area hospitals.
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A jury in Middlesex County Superior court found New Brunswick-based J&J responsible for 70% of the damages in a Thursday decision after more than two months of trial. The panel found Imerys SA, the company’s the France-based talc supplier, responsible for the remaining 30% of damages.

Stephen Lanzo, now in his mid-40s, said he was exposed to asbestos by inhaling dust from J&J baby powder from approximately 1972 to roughly 2003, according to the court complaint in the civil case. He was diagnosed in 2016 with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart as the result of asbestos fibers.

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