A 5-year-old boy is recovering from second- and third-degree burns after falling into a fire ring near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the evening of April 20, 2014. The boy was transported to the hospital with burn injuries on both feet and one of his arms. He suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive, officials say. Authorities are still looking into how the child ended up in the fire ring. He is said to be recovering in an area burn center. Read the rest »
Federal transportation authorities are now looking into ways to minimize injuries and deaths in bus accidents after the fiery truck versus bus collision in Northern California that killed 10 people. According to a news report in the Associated Press, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say that they have already issued recommendations, which if implemented, would have helped save lives in the most recent crash.
On April 10, a tour bus carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University burst into flames after colliding with a FedEx truck. The truck driver had veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a sedan and collided with the bus. NTSB officials said they have long advocated for seatbelts, emergency exits and fire safety rules to protect bus passengers. Read the rest »
Mark Botros, 21, was killed and another motorcyclist was injured in a Westminster car accident after they collided with a car the afternoon of April 11 at an intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Springdale Street and Camphor Avenue. Two motorcyclists apparently collided with a vehicle. Based on their initial investigation, police believe that the motorcyclists were traveling south on Springdale when they struck the vehicle, which was making a left turn from Camphor onto Springdale.
Both were hospitalized. Botros died from his injuries while the other motorcyclist is reported to be in critical but stable condition. The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene. No citations or arrests were reported and officials do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved. Traffic investigators are looking into who had the right of way.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Mark Botros for their tragic loss. I also wish the injured motorcyclist the very best for a quick and full recovery. Read the rest »
A federal judge in Philadelphia has declined to approve a settlement for another batch of retired players suing the National Football League over concussion-linked claims. According to an Associated Press news report, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s preliminary ruling follows a similar ruling in January on the proposed $765 million umbrella settlement. The judge said she is skeptical that the fund is large enough to cover up to 20,000 players for 65 years as intended.
Brody’s latest ruling involves a group of plaintiffs led by Kevin Turner, a former Philadelphia Eagle who is now battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. The judge also denied the Turner group, class-action status. However, an attorney for the players insists the deal is fair and sufficient to cover their needs. The attorney also told the judge that most players would sign the settlement rather than spend many years fighting the NFL in court. Read the rest »
Barely weeks after agreeing to an unprecedented criminal penalty for hiding safety defects from consumers, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced a global recall of nearly 6.4 million vehicle for problems with airbags or seats that could move in a crash.
According to a report in The New York Times, the recall includes nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the United States.
This recall comes at a time when General Motors is facing a criminal investigation over its decade-long failure to recall millions of cars to fix an ignition issue that has been linked to 13 deaths.
Toyota’s recall covers many models and years going back as far as Read the rest »
Ten high school students were killed in a fiery bus accident in Orland, California, after a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median and slammed into the bus the evening of April 10, 2014. According to an Associated Press news report, many of the more than 40 students who were on a trip from Los Angeles to Humboldt State University, were able to escape through a window that someone kicked open and ran to the other side of the Interstate 5 before the bus exploded and burst into flames.
Crash Involved Three Vehicles
California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer was among those dead in the crash. Investigators are still working to identify the other deceased victims. The bus was carrying between 44 and 48 students, four chaperones and the driver. The crash happened on the interstate near Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
The bus was one of two that the admissions office at Humboldt State University had chartered to bring prospective students from Southern California to tour the Arcata campus. The bus involved in this crash was owned by Silverado Stages, a San Luis Obispo-based tour bus company. First responders reported that 37 people suffered injuries in the crash ranging from minor to severe burns, broken legs and noses and head lacerations.