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June 2014 Archives

Drunk driver crashes with SUV in Billings

Many residents of Montana, along with state officials, have conducted initiatives to stop drunk driving. But despite their efforts, the menace has not stopped. Many drunk driving accidents have been reported in the state this year; while some victims escaped with only minor injuries, others were not so lucky.

Bonfire burn victim warned woman not to throw alcohol on flames

MISSOULA -- The 19-year-old burn victim from last weekend's bonfire explosion is in critical condition and will undergo a skin-graft surgery Thursday at the University of Utah burn unit, the victim's father said Wednesday.

Feds aren't inspecting 4 in 10 higher-risk wells

NEW CASTLE, Colo. (AP) -- Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Montana witnesses a sharp rise in car accident fatalities

A report recently released by the Montana Highway Patrol says that fatalities related to car accidents in the state have seen a sharp 10 percent climb last year. In all there were 224 cases of wrongful death from a total of 198 accidents in the past year. The report points out that fatal car crash rates in the state increased between the hours of 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Data analysis has also suggested that most accidents occur on Saturdays and most cases of fatal car crashes take place in the month of August.

Two vehicles crash in Montana after truck spills lumber

Residents of Montana and other states throughout the country may feel apprehensive while driving near a truck. The vast size of the vehicle and the immense amount of load is enough for any person to be anxious about a possible accident. Hence, many drivers prefer to be away from these vehicles; but it is not possible, however to always avoid trucks on highways.

Hyundai recalling more than 100,000 SUVs for air bags.

The AP (5/18) reports that Hyundai is putting out a recall for 137,500 Tucson SUVs from the 2011-2014 model years for air bag issues, as "the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel." The company found out about the air bag issue from warranty claims and determined that the problem is from improper installation. So far, there are no injuries related to the problem.
Reuters (5/18, Beech) reports that NHTSA documents also show that Hyundai is recalling an additional 3,500 2011-2014 Tucsons in Puerto Rico. 

Texas Supreme Court says train-wreck trial to stay in Midland.

The Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram (5/19, Basco, 44K) reports that Texas' Supreme Court last Thursday upheld the state Court of Appeals' ruling that a civil trial involving Union Pacific over a November 15, 2012 train wreck should remain in Midland. The state Supreme Court ultimately has the power to decide on the trial's venue, however. The paper notes that plaintiffs in the lawsuit have been trying to have it heard in Dallas, in hope of consolidating their case with another that's similar in nature. 

More fatal accidents in 2013 than in last five years

According to a Montana Highway Patrol annual report, in 2013 Montana observed an increase in fatal car accidents over the last five years. The report states that more than 200 crashes were reported last year, leading to 229 deaths. This shows an increase of traffic fatalities by 10.5 percent. The fatal accidents have increased by six percent since last year. This report gives an alarming figure of one death in every 38 hours. It was also stated that during the hour between 9 pm and 10 pm, Saturdays and month of August were the most deadly.

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