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July 2014 Archives

Six Flags and Texas Giant maker blame each other for death

When Six Flags Over Texas debuted the Texas Giant last year, many adrenaline junkies were sorely disappointed to learn that the inaugural year was cut short after a woman died on the ride. The 52-year-old woman plummeted to her death after falling out of the ride because of an improperly fitted lap bar and seat. While this is only the second death in the amusement park's history, it is making a big impact on park safety.

Tragic DUI accident may lead to drunk driving accident claim

On July 19, authorities in Harris County, Texas, say a 9-year-old girl was killed in a suspected fatal drunk driving accident. A Constable with Precinct 4 says that 24-year-old man driving a truck failed to stop for a stop sign when he plowed into a vehicle broadside in northwest Harris County.

Houston crash may cost taxi driver and passenger their legs

Two men may lose their legs as a result of a crash involving a taxi and personal vehicle. The crash, which happened on John F Kennedy Boulevard in Houston, Texas, took place in the early morning, after midnight.

Texas worker dies in vacant building ceiling collapse

A 28-year-old Dallas man died on the morning of July 10 while he was working in a vacant Haltom City building. The former Hawk Electronics building was undergoing an interior demolition before being remodeled by its new owners. Reportedly the ceiling collapsed on top of the man. According to the local fire chief, part of the floor of the second story came down on the man, burying him under concrete and steel. He had to be dug out of the heavy debris but was pronounced dead on the scene. Two other workers in the former Hawk Electronics building sustained minor injuries. They both declined medical treatment.

Fatal car wreck near Kilgore kills 2, injures 4

A fatal car accident on U.S. 259 near Kilgore, Texas, took the lives of two children on Thursday, leaving their mother in critical condition. The family was traveling northbound in a van when a pickup truck going the wrong direction in their lane approached. The father, who was driving the van, swerved to try to avoid the pickup. That’s when the two vehicles collided. The children, 12 and 5, were both pronounced dead. The father was later released from Good Shepherd Hospital after being treated for minor injuries, but the mother remains at Good Shepherd Hospital in critical condition.

Trucker responsible for Texas girl's death gets 4-year sentence

It is just a matter of common sense that truck drivers should pay attention to bus stops and other areas where pedestrians might be. Failing to do so while they are driving can lead to catastrophic accidents. The family of a young girl who was killed by a semi-truck while waiting for her bus can finally put one aspect of the incident behind them.