Michigan steel worker crushed to death on the job
A worker was killed on the job at Peerless Steel in Buena Vista Township, adjacent to the city of Saginaw, Michigan, early this week. Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Beckman was crushed by over 3,000 pounds of steel rods. He was working alone. According to the police, as many as five minutes passed before he was discovered by a coworker. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, June 2. Beckman was loading 12-foot steel rods into a flatbed trailer by himself, when the load apparently shifted, causing the rods to roll onto him, crushing him against a steel shelf… http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/06/stee-j06.html
Police: Pickup strikes, injures 3 people at ‘mud bog’ in Vassar Township
VASSAR TOWNSHIP, MI — A pickup hit three people and sent them to hospitals during a “large mud bog event” in Tuscola County’s Vassar Township, the Michigan State Police Caro Post reports. The accident happened about 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, on private property near the intersection of Waterman and Oak. http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2014/05/pickup_strikes_3_people_during.html
M-15 repaving, accidents to result in increased patrols
Brandon Twp.-Due to resurfacing of M-15 as well as a higher number of traffic accidents this year, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols of the busy road.
OCSO Sgt. Greg Glover said there has been 117 traffic accidents so far this year across the township, and 24 within the village limits. Most of the accidents on M-15 result from motorists attempting to pass on the shoulder. Use of cell phones while driving is also a problem, as motorists rear end vehicles while texting. http://www.clarkstonnews.com/Articles-News-i-2014-06-04-255182.113121-sub-M15-repaving-accidents-to-result-in-increased-patrols.html
Bike deaths on West Water prompt call for caution
PORT HURON TWP. — From 2004 to 2013, six bicyclists died in crashes in St. Clair County. Two bicyclists have died in separate crashes in the past 10 days — both accidents within a mile of each other on West Water Street in Port Huron Township. http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20140604/NEWS05/306040002?nclick_check=1
Three killed in separate accidents in Macomb County
This is not how police in Macomb County wanted the Memorial Day holiday weekend to start. Three people were killed in separate traffic accidents between Thursday and Friday afternoons, including two motorcyclists and a 25-year-old woman who was struck and killed as she rode her bicycle home from her job at a Subway restaurant. http://www.macombdaily.com/general-news/20140523/three-killed-in-separate-accidents-in-macomb-county
Macomb Memorial Day holiday marred by fatal accidents
A steady stream of people looking for cool refuge flocked to the two Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Macomb County on Memorial Day, the last day of the holiday weekend that was marred by several fatal traffic accidents. Officials at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township and Stony Creek in Washington Township on Monday said there were mile-long traffic backups to the entrances leading to the two recreational facilities where the beaches and swimming pools were in demand. http://www.macombdaily.com/lifestyle/20140526/macomb-memorial-day-holiday-marred-by-fatal-accidents
Man killed in motorcycle crash in Argentine Township
ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP, MI — A 73-year-old Argentine Township man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon, May 13. Richard Homent was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Lobdell Road around 1:40 p.m. when he struck a Frontier Communications utility truck, said Argentine Township Chief of Police Dan Allen. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/05/man_killed_in_motorcycle_crash_1.html
Motorcycle fatalities spike up 9% in Michigan — for riders without helmets
After state motorcycle helmet repeal, more motorcyclists die without helmets. Advocates for riding a motorcycle without a helmet will often tell you that it’s actually more safe to ride without one. I hear this all the time. These advocates claim that because a biker’s vision isn’t blocked or the biker is able to turn his head further, they will be able to see danger and can avoid a crash better than a rider in a helmet. Or they will blame accidents on biker inexperience or on other drivers.
At least 74 dead in crashes similar to those GM linked to faulty switches
(Reuters) – At least 74 people have died in General Motors cars in accidents with some key similarities to those that GM has linked to 13 deaths involving defective ignition switches, a Reuters analysis of government fatal-crash data has determined. Such accidents also occurred at a higher rate in the GM cars than in top competitors’ models, the analysis showed. Reuters searched the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of crash information submitted by local law-enforcement agencies, for single-car frontal collisions where no front air bags deployed and the driver or front-seat passenger was killed.