This past weekend, two fatal crashes claimed the lives of two women, and intoxication is suspected in both.
Each summer, thousands of children attempt to fully utilize their break from school as a time to have fun and to enjoy the outdoors. Of course, that line of reasoning sends families across the country to water parks to enjoy the various rides that parks offer and spend family time together. Unfortunately, though, there are numerous dangers that water parks pose to visitors, one of which became all too real for a Kansas family on August 8, 2016.
On Tuesday around 6:30 pm, a Metro bus making a turn on Milam and Congress Street struck 36-year-old Michael Kenneth Unfried of Pasadena. Mr. Unfried died at the scene and is survived by his two children, ages 10 and 17. Prior to the incident, Mr. Unfried had been crossing the intersection, though it is still unclear whether he was on the crosswalk or not, when the bus turned and hit him. While the surveillance video of the incident is still being reviewed, it is believed Mr. Unfried was in the driver's blind spot. The father of two had a career in the computer field and worked for the county. There were no other reported injuries, as the bus wasn't carrying other passengers.
The dangers of distracted driving are well-known and well-documented. According to www.cdc.gov, each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. While distractions can come in many forms, cell phones are the top distraction.
In Amarillo Texas, on the second day of 2017, four children died after being exposed to a poisonous gas. The father of the family tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home that resulted in the deaths of their four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials said Monday.
Every year, drunk drivers cause thousands of car accidents in Texas. In 2015, there were a total of 17,520 drunk- driving-related crashes in the state. What cities had the most alcohol-related crashes in that year? Let's take a look at the data:
Just a few days after Christmas, when the Christmas spirit was still in the air, Northwest Houston suffered a tragedy. On December 29, 2016, a granite slab fell and crushed a worker killing him instantly. This shocking loss occurred at Vivaldi Stone in Northwest Houston inside Beltway 8. Vivaldi Stone has thirteen locations across Texas and New Mexico.
Yesterday, four oil platform workers jumped off an oil production platform off the coast of Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to flee an early morning fire that threatened to cause serious bodily injury. Luckily, the workers were quickly recovered from the water by a responding vessel. No injuries have been reported thus far, but it remains to be seen if these workers suffered any internal injuries from smoke inhalation or from the trauma of jumping into the water.
The United States Coast Guard called off the search for two missing crewmembers of the fishing vessel Exito in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, following several days of intense search operations involving multiple Coast Guard and good Samaritan vessels and aircraft. The missing crewmembers abandoned ship after the vessel began taking on water for an undetermined cause. The Exito was one of 25 vessels selected in 2004 for a $97 million federal buyout. As a part of the deal, the Exito was retired and barred from commercial fishing anywhere in the world. At the time of its sinking, the Exito was engaged in cargo or freight purposes. Three crewmembers were luckily rescued, but the two missing individuals are presumed lost at sea.
A driver is in custody after a crash on I-45 North that occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday. According to KHOU, witnesses say the car was driving erratically near North Shepherd and rear-ended a pickup truck, causing it to flip. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital and is reported to be in serious condition.