While Michigan Ramps Up Technology, Google’s Self-Driving Cars Crash 11 Times In California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The self-driving cars that Google Inc. has been testing on California’s roads and highways were involved in 11 minor accidents over the past six years, according to the tech giant.
The company released the number Monday after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its self-driving cars since September, when reporting all accidents became a legal requirement as part of the permits for the tests on public roads.
The director of Google’s self-driving car project wrote in a web post that all 11 accidents were minor — “light damage, no injuries” — and happened over 1.7 million miles of testing, including nearly 1 million miles in self-driving mode.
Multiple people dead in Stony Creek crash
Multiple people were killed when a vehicle stuck several individuals in Stony Creek Metropark. According to the Macomb County Sheriff, the crash occured at 6:14 p.m. Friday night. http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/multiple-people-dead-in-stoney-creek-crash/32901930
Three teenage boys were killed and two others injured in a single motor vehicle accident at Stony Creek Metropark Friday evening after the car crashed through a guard rail, rolled over and went into the river.
Three teenage boys killed in car crash at Metropark
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the accident happened around 6:15 p.m. when the five teens, all either 17 or 18 years of age, were in the 2008 Jaguar S type vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in train crash
WASHINGTON (AP) – For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims – the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week’s derailment in Philadelphia.
That payout cap for a single passenger rail incident was part of a late effort in 1997 to pass a law that would rescue Amtrak from financial ruin and help it one day become independent.
Michigan Senate Republicans streamline No Fault reform strategy with SB 313
Latest proposal focuses on doctor and hospital charges for treating auto accident victims, gives attendant care and other No Fault benefits wide berth
Michigan has been a hotbed of efforts by the insurance industry and many Republican legislators to revamp our state’s nearly 40-year-old No Fault insurance system. Past proposed No Fault “reform” effortshave been one-sided, heavily favoring the insurance industry at the expense of auto accident victims.
Fiat Chrysler Worker Dies in Accident at Detroit Factory
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said an employee at its Jefferson North Assembly factory in Detroit was killed Tuesday morning while working at the facility’s wastewater treatment plant.
“The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Jodi Tinson, a Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement. The United Auto Workers said the victim was union member Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Troopers launch weeklong focus on seatbelt enforcement
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is teaming up with troopers from five other states for a weeklong initiative on safety belt enforcement.
The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement effort begins Monday. Ohio troopers will join law enforcement from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the initiative.
Memorial Day weekend expected to open deadlier summer road travel season
More people will be killed in traffic accidents this summer than during the same time a year ago, safety experts predict as the Memorial Day travel week is about to get underway.
Even before the official start of the summer driving season, 294 people have been killed so far this year in vehicle crashes in Illinois, according to preliminary data posted online Sunday by the Illinois Department of Transportation. That’s 15 more deaths than at the same time in 2014.
Recovery operations being performed after fatal boating accident on Saginaw River
FRANKENLUST TWP, MI — Crews are out on the Saginaw River right now performing a recovery operation after a tugboat pushing a barge struck a fishing boat.
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says 53 year old Robert Todd, of Vassar, was killed, and 25 year old David Brigham, of Vassar, was injured in the accident.
The two men were out in a fishing boat on the Saginaw River when their craft began to have problems, officials tell NBC 25.