Houston's Dangerous Intersections
The federal government is reviewing a fatal crash involving a Tesla driver in Florida who was using the company's autopilot software. A tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection, prompting the company to conclude that the autopilot system did not activate the brakes because it did not recognize the white side of the turning vehicle against a brightly lit sky. This is the first known fatality in over 130 million miles of autopilot testing.
General Motors issued a recall last year for faulty ignition switches that resulted in fatal accidents for many affected cars. The switch would fall out of place from its 'On' placement, and knock out power steering, cause a stall while driving, or disable airbags. Despite their claims of fixing the problem, new information alleges that GM knew of the defect for over a decade before acting on it, when a case was brought against them. The information was revealed in an investigation following the claim, as well as shedding light to an estimated 30 million cars carrying the defect.
The aftermath of the horrific train wreck in northern Spain has reached home in Houston, claiming the life of 58-year-old Myrta LaSalle Fariza. She had called the Houston-area home for the past 35 years and was originally from Puerto Rico.
There's a deadly bull at the Ranching Heritage Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. A 14-year-old boy playing hide-and-seek with at least two other teens didn't see the bull while he was running and impaled himself on one of the statute's sharp horns. The teen tripped over a light on the ground and fell into the statue. The bull's horn penetrated the boys chest, fatally injuring him.
A College Station construction site was the location of a fatal workplace accident yesterday when a shifting of the walls serving as the foundation of the project pinned a worker between two 1,500 pound shoring panels and the ground below. Forty-nine year old Armando Gonzalez was trapped inside a 30- to 40-foot hole when he became the victim of the fatal construction site injury.
Summer is almost here and as the temperatures soar many will be seeking relief in city swimming facilities or in backyard pools throughout the Houston area. But parents, children, homeowners and city pool employees should beware, close to 400 children are fatally injured in a swimming pool accident each year. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 16 children in Texas have died already this year in swimming pool accidents.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a preliminary report as to what they believe went wrong in the now triple-fatal bus crash in the Dallas area: driver error. There was no alcohol or drugs detected in the driver's system after the crash, but investigators have cited the driver's failure to maintain control of the bus and inattention as the reason for the fatal bus crash.
A 74-year-old woman who received serious injuries in a bus rollover accident on the George Bush Turnpike in Dallas has filed a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the tour bus, Cardinal Coach Line. The woman broke several ribs in the commercial bus accident that killed at least two passengers and injured dozens more.
Two people were killed and at least another 40 were injured when a tour bus headed to the Choctaw Casino rolled over on the President George Bush Turnpike, State Highway 161, in Irving. At least three to four of the bus passengers are in critical condition following the single vehicle commercial bus crash.