Austin Hit Hard by Fatal Mississippi Bus-Train Crash

Austin residents are still reeling from the news of a fatal crash involving a charter bus and a freight train in Biloxi, Mississippi, last week. The crash, which occurred last Tuesday, March 7, killed four people from the Austin area and left thirty-five injured. Only seven passengers were reported to be unharmed. Three passengers died […]

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The Five Most Dangerous Intersections in Austin

According to Mayor Steve Adler, Austin has worse traffic than New York City. He is citing a nationwide measure of traffic density where our city ranked a shameful fourth. The problem has only gotten worse over time: Ten years ago it was listed twenty-fifth. Along with increased congestion comes increased occurrence of accidents, with intersections […]

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SUV Injures Six Children in Day Care Center Crash

The forty small children playing at the Choo Choo Xpress Day Care and Learning Center in Cibolo had no idea that some of them would soon be on the way to the hospital. But that’s what happened shortly before 11:00 a.m. on February 3 when an SUV driven by a seventy-two-year-old woman crashed into their […]

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High-Speed Ferrari Crash Shows Dangers of Drunk Driving

Around 2:00 a.m. on January 13, a drunk driver’s $385,000 Ferrari joyride suddenly went south—forty feet south—by going over a cliff into a West Austin ravine. A witness statement says that the limited production 458 Italia appeared to be speeding over 100 mph before the crash. The twenty-eight-year-old driver missed a turn by a bridge […]

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Poisonous Gas Accident Kills Four Children

Improper pesticide use turned into a tragically fatal hazmat case at a mobile home in northeast Amarillo, Texas, on January 2. The innocent children who died were siblings ages seven, nine, eleven and seventeen. Five other people who were present were also sickened by the fumes. The property had been treated with a pesticide, aluminum […]

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Playground Slides Causing Finger Amputations in Children

Keeping young children safe is a nerve-wracking full-time job for parents. From researching the best car seat to buying secure high chairs, helmets, and bed rails, a lot of thought goes into protecting children’s developing bodies. Even taking kids to the playground requires constant parental vigilance lest little ones fall off the monkey bars or […]

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Dump-Truck Tipping Death and Liability

An AT&T worker was killed on December 9 because he was standing next to an 18-wheel dump truck that tipped over on a cul-de-sac in Travis County. He was there working on a home in a development with several houses under construction, and the truck, which was extending to dump its load, went off balance […]

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Oilfield Work: High Risk of On-the-Job Injury and Death

In Texas, oil and gas production are an important part of both the economy and our history. Generations of Texans have worked in the oil and gas fields and done a great deal to build this state into what it is today. But oilfield work is hard, and it can be very dangerous. In fact, […]

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Buses Crashing into Homes—Surprisingly Not Uncommon

Just imagine sitting in your living room or lying down in your bedroom when a bus suddenly crashes through your house’s walls. Is your baby okay? Where is the dog? This is a terrifying situation because of both the surprise and the uncertainty involved. The more complicated questions come later, however. What exactly happened and […]

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