Truck owner: Site of Amtrak crash known to be dangerous
SKIPPERS, Va. (AP) – The owner of the company whose tractor-trailer was hit by an Amtrak train, splitting the trailer in two, said the intersection where the crash happened was a dangerous one on a route the driver took several times a day.
Linda Driver, owner of Driver Trucking Inc. in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, said Ronnie Allen, who has been working for her company for two years, was waiting to turn at the intersection before the train smashed into it Thursday, splitting the trailer in two and leaving the driver with minor injuries.
Anyone who has ever driven around Boston will be entirely unsurprised to learn that a recent study conducted by Allstate insurance determined that we’re the country’s worst drivers. Bostonians file more automobile insurance claims than anyone else in the country. Crash prevention expert Dan Strollo says it’s “a badge of honor” in Boston to tailgate or to refuse to use a blinker. Despite it being a dubious distinction, it’s a point of pride to drive like a Masshole.
Older kids less likely to have car seats checked for safety than infants
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Booster seat-aged children are twice as likely to suffer serious injury or death in a car crash than younger children, but a new study shows they may be less likely to have car seats inspected for proper use.
Less than a quarter of car seat and booster checks analyzed in the new University of Michigan Health System study were conducted in children ages four and older at car seat inspection stations in Michigan. Just 1 in 10, or 11 percent of inspections, covered booster seat-age children ages 4-7 while half were for rear-facing car seats.
Insurance will pay out in Detroit tanker fires, but they still cost MDOT
Three tankers have blown up in 2015 so far—all along busy interstate corridors in or just outside Detroit.
In March, a tanker carrying 13,000 gallons of unleaded and diesel fuel exploded on I-94 near the Detroit-Dearborn border.
In May, a tanker carrying 9,000 gallons of unleaded fuel burst into flames on an I-75 ramp near downtown Detroit. The ramp was closed for a week.
Flint factory accident resulted in worker’s death, state says
FLINT, MI — The 21st Michigan worker death reported this year happened in April at a Flint business.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs released information on the death Friday, Sept. 4.
On March 17, a 56-year-old line leader at Corsair Engineering Inc. was injured, and he died of his injuries April 4, the department said. Company officials would not comment or identify the man.
Crash closes westbound I-69 in Clayton Township
2 people dead after crash on I-69
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) –
Two people are dead after an overnight traffic crash that closed a portion of I-69.
Troopers from the Flint post with the assistance of several other Genesee County police and fire departments, investigated the fatal crash on westbound I-69 at Nichols Road. The investigation found that a west-bound Chevrolet Corvette collided with a west-bound Dodge Ram Pickup. The Dodge left the roadway and overturned.
Lansing firefighter killed in intentional hit-and-run, police say
LANSING, MI — Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman died after a hit-and-run driver intentionally ran him over while he was collecting funds at a “fill the boot” event to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, police said.
“We believe that this was not an accident and that the actions of this individual were intentional,” Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski said.
Flint man injured in hit-and-run in Mt. Pleasant as police control party crowds
A Flint man is in the hospital after a car struck him and drove away while the man was walking in Mt. Pleasant early Saturday morning, and police are asking for help finding the driver.
The 22-year-old man was crossing Washington near Cherry in a mixed residential and student neighborhood a few blocks north of Central Michigan University’s campus when he was struck by the car just after 2 a.m., according to a press release from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
Police identify man hit, killed while riding bicycle in Davison Township
A 28-year-old Davison man died from injuries sustained after he was struck by a vehicle around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 on East Court Street in Davison Township.
Michigan state trooper killed after being dragged for several miles
Michigan State Police trooper and married father of four died Friday after he was knocked off his motorcycle in Oakland County and dragged for several miles.
More than 11 hours after the crash, state police announced that the 38-year-old trooper, Chad Wolf, had died of his injuries. He had previously been hospitalized in critical condition.