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Tree branch causes roller coaster to derail, injuring 4

When you visit an amusement park in Massachusetts, you probably expect to have a day of carefree fun and excitement with your friends and family. You likely don’t give your safety a second thought as it is the responsibility of park owners to ensure that their ride equipment is checked regularly to ensure that it is safe.

For a group of visitors to a Six Flags amusement park in Southern California, their day of fun turned into a nightmare when a roller coaster car derailed and hung suspended around 40 feet off of the ground. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. when a car ran into a tree branch that was on the track, causing the car to derail. Several other cars had to be shut down, stranding riders for hours while crews worked to rescue those in the derailed car.

Driver fleeing from accident causes another deadly accident

It is the law in Essex County, Massachusetts for drivers who are involved in an accident to stop and check on the wellbeing of the other motorists involved. If there are injuries, authorities should be notified and medical personnel called in to attend to those who are hurt. Although it is against the law to flee the scene of an accident, there are drivers who think they can get away with it. Sometimes they may be able to, but many times they end up causing more trouble as they are fleeing.

This is the case for a 53-year-old driver who is believed to have crashed into the back of a car that was stopped at a red light. Although he stopped and got out of his car after the accident, he got back in and drove away after he got into an argument with the other driver and she called 911.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by delivery truck

With the large number of pedestrians on the streets of Massachusetts, unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear of one being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle from time to time. The reason for these accidents are varied; sometimes they are caused by the negligence of a driver; other times they occur when pedestrians are being careless and not paying attention to their surroundings. As a general rule, pedestrians typically have the right of way at crosswalks where there are no traffic lights and on sidewalks that cross driveways, alleyways and other roadways. However, pedestrians should take care to allow motorists plenty of time to stop before stepping onto the road.

A truck accident that ended with the death of a pedestrian occurred in Somerville, Massachusetts recently. Authorities are still investigating the accident, and no charges have been filed yet.

CDC Employees accidently exposed to anthrax

It is the responsibility of an employer in Essex County, Massachusetts to provide a safe work environment for employees. This includes minimizing risks to workers’ physical and mental health and taking necessary steps to properly train employees regarding specific safety guidelines. When an accident occurs on the job, the employer may be held responsible. This even applies to workers who are employed at jobs that may be considered high risk.

Workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to anthrax, a potentially lethal bacterium. Apparently one of the labs did not properly inactivate samples of anthrax before they were taken to three different laboratories. These labs were not suited to handle active anthrax in a safe way and lab workers did not wear protective equipment when they handled the samples because they believed the anthrax was inactive. It is believed that the anthrax could have been aerosolized in two of the three labs, affecting workers in both the labs and hallways.

Truck driver charged with vehicular homicide after crash

There are labor laws set that govern the number of hours an employee in Massachusetts can work on any given shift. One of the reasons for this is to ensure that workers are being treated fairly. Another reason is to protect employees from accidents that can occur from overworking and being tired. One area where this is particularly important is the trucking industry. Because trucks come into contact with a high number of automobiles on the road, it is vitally important that drivers get the rest they need. This is why federal laws have been set that mandate drivers work no more than 14 hours a day, 11 of which can be spent driving.

A 35-year-old driver that may have been awake for 24 hours caused a fatal truck accident recently. He was charged with vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by automobile. The man was driving a Walmart truck when he crashed into a vehicle carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. Morgan was hospitalized and listed in critical condition after suffering a broken nose, femur and a number of broken ribs. Another comedian, James McNair, was riding in the same vehicle and was killed in the accident.

Grocery store customer files lawsuit after slip and fall accident

It is the responsibility of store owners in Essex County, Massachusetts to ensure that the safety of their customers is their top priority. Customers have the right to walk into a store and not have to worry about their wellbeing or if they are going to be injured by an unsafe property condition. Store owners should take every possible step to see that the chances of accidents or injuries are reduced as much as possible.

Had a store owner done this, a customer most likely could have avoided being seriously injured. Instead, the woman suffered injuries to her back, hand and leg that left her disabled and in pain. The woman was at a grocery store in the lottery line when she slipped and fell on a clear material on the floor.

Vehicle crosses I-95 median, collides with two vehicles

Because of the high number of vehicles traveling on Massachusetts roadways during rush hour, the potential for car accidents can be high. This is especially true when traffic slows down unexpectedly and vehicles are required to brake suddenly. This is why it is so important for drivers to pay close attention to the road and their surroundings at all times and not allow themselves to become distracted.

A 53-year-old driver of a Range Rover who may have been distracted or otherwise impaired crossed over the median and collided head on with a Toyota. The car accident happened on I-95 during afternoon rush hour. It was so bad that traffic was affected for 27 miles.

Passenger killed after car crashes into parked semi

It is the law in Massachusetts for motorists to slow down and move over for disabled or emergency vehicles on the roadways. This is in order to give vehicles on the side of the road plenty of room and help to prevent accidents from occurring. In order to obey this law, drivers need to pay careful attention to the road to ensure that they see disabled or emergency vehicles in enough time to move over and accommodate them.

Had a driver slowed down and moved over for a semi-truck that was experiencing mechanical difficulties, a truck accident may have been avoided. The accident occurred on Interstate 291 in Springfield at around 1:04 a.m. A tractor trailer had pulled over into a breakdown lane of the freeway. A 22-year-old automobile driver apparently did not see the parked semi because he crashed into the back of it.

Multiple performers injured in circus accident

Accidents at work can take many forms depending on the type of work environment. Some employees in Minnesota are subjected to a higher likelihood of bodily harm because of the type of work they do. However, precautions should be put into place in order to reduce the occurrence of workplace accidents as much as possible.

Nine people with unique careers were injured at work recently and were all taken to the hospital for treatment. Three were listed in good condition, two in serious condition, two in critical condition and one had recovered enough to be released from the hospital.

Bus driver faces multiple charges after crash

In the state of Massachusetts, it is illegal for both school and passenger bus drivers to talk on text on a cell phone while operating a bus. It is considered a primary offense, meaning that if a police officer sees a driver talking on the phone, he can pull him over and issue a citation just for that. The public transit agency has taken this law a bit further and made it against company policy for drivers to even possess a cell phone while they are on the job.

A bus driver is in hot water after video surveillance shows her with what appears to be a cell phone in her hand prior to crashing into a guardrail. A 64-year-old passenger aboard the bus said the driver was going too fast when she attempted to make a turn. He said she has been driving that particular route for about a month, and he had been concerned about her inclination to drive fast.

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