Big Rig Strikes MAX Train, Injuring 8 in Hillsboro

Media sources reported that eight people suffered moderate and minor injuries in an accident involving a big rig and MAX light rail train in Hillsboro, Oregon Monday afternoon.

According to reports from the Hillsboro Police Department and Tri-Met investigators, the accident occurred shortly after noon on Monday when a big rig trailer collided with an eastbound MAX light rail train, blocking the intersection of Southeast 10th Street and Washington Street. When crews from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, they discovered the front windshield of the light rail train smashed in and moderate damage done to the tractor portion of the big rig.

Rescue crews immediately began triaging the injured at the scene and found that the driver of the big rig and seven passengers onboard the train were in need of treatment for varying injuries. The big rig driver and five MAX passengers were taken to several local hospitals for treatment. A seventh train passenger was taken via private vehicle to a hospital while the eighth passenger refused medical treatment at the scene.

Hillsboro Police officials and Tri-Met investigators are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident by interviewing both drivers and checking the operations of the signaling system at the intersection. As of yet, no statement has been made as to whether any citations may be issued.

As a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, I’m greatly relieved to hear that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. If you’ve suffered injury as the result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights as they pertain to the matter.

Big Rig Strikes MAX Train, Injuring 8 in Hillsboro is a post from: Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog

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Ritzville I-90 Accident Kills SCC Student

News outlets reported that a car crash killed a 20-year-old Spokane Community College student on Interstate 90 near Ritzville Monday morning.

According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the accident happened just before 6am as the 20-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90, approximately 17 miles east of Ritzville. The woman and her 21-year-old male passenger were apparently driving from Yakima to Spokane, where the woman attended college, when for unknown reasons the woman veered off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled roughly 150 feet down an embankment before coming to rest. Upon reaching the bottom of the embankment, the vehicle ignited in flames. The male passenger was able to escape the vehicle, however he was unable to extricate the female driver.

Emergency crews pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger was transported to East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville for the treatment of injuries, including several broken bones, which he had sustained in the crash.

Troopers were forced to close one lane of I-90 to facilitate a cleanup effort and their investigation. Authorities are continuing their investigation and have yet to state whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident.

As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. In my time as a car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the devastating effects that accidents similar to this have had on those left behind. My sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of this woman as they mourn their loss.

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Car Accident Outside Pasco Injures 2 Othello Women

News sources reported that two Othello women sustained moderate injuries in a car accident outside of Pasco on Highway 295 Wednesday morning.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a 20-year-old Othello woman was driving her 2003 Honda Accord in the southbound traffic lanes of Highway 395 at about 6:45am Wednesday morning behind a slow-moving semi-truck. At the same time, a second semi-truck, driven by a 47-year-old California woman, was entering the southbound lanes of Highway 395 from Phend Road. The 20-year-old woman attempted to pass the slow moving semi-truck her vehicle was tailing, and moved into the lane of the second semi-truck, striking the 1997 Mack truck.

The 20-year-old Othello woman and her 31-year-old passenger sustained moderate injuries in the accident. The two women were transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for the treatment of their injuries. No update on their conditions has been provided. The 47-year-old California woman was not injured in the accident.

Washington State Patrol troopers concluded their investigation and determined that the accident was the result of an unsafe passing maneuver. They have not yet stated whether any citations were issued in the accident.

As a Renton car accident attorney, I’m relieved to hear that no one was more seriously injured in this accident. If you’ve been injured in a crash that was the direct result of the negligent actions of another driver, it may be in your best interests to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in your city.

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Benton City Car Rollover Accident Injures 2

News outlets reported that two women sustained moderate injuries in a car accident on Interstate 82 near Benton City Monday morning.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 75-year-old driver, a Walla Walla woman, was traveling east on Interstate 82 near Benton City at approximately 10:15am when she allegedly fell asleep while driving. While unconscious, her vehicle veered off the roadway. She apparently awoke and attempted to correct the vehicle’s path. She overcorrected, and forced the vehicle to roll over. She and her passenger were reported as wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, though they both suffered significant injuries.

The 75-year-old driver and her 75-year-old passenger, a Pendleton woman, were taken by ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for the treatment of injuries they sustained during the crash. No update on their condition has been provided.

No other vehicles or injuries were involved in this accident. The Washington State Patrol is continuing their investigation into this accident. They have yet to state whether they believe drugs or alcohol to be contributing factors or whether any citations will be issued.

As a Vancouver car accident lawyer, I’m relieved to learn that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly crash. I hope that these women enjoy speedy recoveries from their injuries so that they may put this incident behind them. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another driver, contact a car accident lawyer in your area to discuss the legal options open to you.

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NHTSA Looks into Mini Cooper Engine Fires

In a news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that its federal investigators are attempting to determine whether Mini Cooper sport coupes pose a significant risk to consumers.

According to the NHTSA, their Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has received roughly a dozen complaints concerning fires that have ignited within the engine compartments of Mini Cooper S models from both the 2007 and 2008 model years. These models include both the Clubman and Convertible models. Of the dozen complaints, eight allege that the fires ignited within the engine compartment while the engine was turned off. Five of the engine fire occurrences resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. However, the report did not specify whether those five incidents were within the complaints that pertained to the engines being inactive, or whether the engine was running at the time.

None of the engine compartment fires resulted in the injury of an owner or passenger. However, the ODI does note that a rising number in complaints concerning the Mini Cooper engine fires have forced the agency to examine the issue further. Upon the completion of their investigation, the NHTSA will be able to determine whether a broader recall of the roughly 36,000 Mini Copper S models is necessary.

As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen defective auto parts and their subsequent recalls similar to this in the past and know the dangers they pose to the public. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Walla Walla Truck Accident Kills Arizona Man

Media sources reported that an Arizona truck driver was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident on State Route 125 near Walla Walla Monday night.

According to reports from the Washington State Patrol, a 51-year-old truck driver was traveling on State Route 125 near Walla Walla Monday night, when for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line of the roadway at approximately 7:30pm. Authorities claim that, at that point, the driver attempted to correct the path of his vehicle. The driver overcorrected the truck, forcing it to rollover onto its side. The truck then proceeded to slide on its side off of the roadway until ultimately coming to rest in a wheat field.

The 51-year-old driver was a pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency crews upon their arrival.

No other vehicles or injuries have been reported in association with this accident. The Washington State Patrol are continuing their investigation into this accident and have not yet stated whether they believe drugs or alcohol could have been contributing factors in the crash, however they have stated that speed may have been a factor.

As an Olympia car accident lawyer, I’m deeply saddened by the news of this tragic accident. I’ve seen the effects of similar accidents on the family and friends left behind in my time as a car accident lawyer and know that a strong support system is essential during this time. I pray that they have such a support system while they cope with their loss. My heartfelt condolences go out to them at this time.

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Lack of USDA Inspection Sparks Beef and Pork Recalls

In a press release, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) issued a warning against certain “ready-to-eat” beef and shredded pork products from E-Z Shop Kitchens due to their production and distribution without having been inspected by the federal agency.

The FSIS and E-Z Kitchens have not received any reports of illness in connection with this warning. However, the FSIS has yet to determine the amount of uninspected meat from E-Z Kitchens that may have bypassed the required federal inspection process. According to the FSIS, the meats were distributed to both institutions and retail outlets across multiple states between July 1 and October 6 of this year. The warning and subsequent recalls include 16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z Kitchen Seasoned Beef”, “E-Z Kitchen Shredded Pork with BBQ Sauce” and “E-Z Kitchen Shredded Beef with BBQ Sauce.”

The FSIS plan to continue their investigation into the uninspected meats of E-Z Kitchens and will, upon completion, issue a full listing of retail distributors that may have obtained the recalled products.

Consumers concerned about the recalled meat are asked to contact either the FSIS or E-Z-Kitchens for further information.

As a Tacoma personal injury attorney, I’ve witnessed similar recalls and product warnings in the past and understand the effects that uninspected food products can have on consumers. If you’ve been injured through the consumption of a defective food product, speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights as a consumer.

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