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Cajon Pass: An Accident Remembered

John Anthony will always be sixteen years old. Nicole Brittany will always be eighteen. They died on June 24, 2014 when the PT Cruiser they were in was struck by a cement truck. Their three friends in the PT Cruiser were injured: David, Mikey, and Shayne. Shayne had injuries and is still under medical care and therapy. Mikey had serious [...]

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; where there’s gas, there are leaks.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; where there’s gas, there are leaks.

There will be no environmental effect from the natural gas pipelines in Myanmar. Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo has spoken, and declared it so. It's nice to know that Myanmar's Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo can be so confident when the rest of the world is constantly pulling a modern HAZMAT type "Hans Brinker" to plug the [...]

Kerala Leak Ignored for Twenty Years

Kerala Leak Ignored for Twenty Years

A fifteen to twenty year long leak in Bank Junction has a neighborhood knee-deep in water, thanks to the Kerala Water Authority’s failure to stem a leak in their LPSC pipeline. The standing water is dangerous to the immediate ten neighbors whose properties are inundated. The water apparently floods the area regularly, twice a [...]

Four Winds Casino bus crash

Four Winds Casino bus crash

On Jan 1, West of South Bend, in Rolling Prairie a pick-up driver was killed in a collision with a Four Winds casino bus en route from Four Winds in New Buffalo to Mishawaka. Fifty people were aboard the bus, going home from the casino in New Buffalo. From the bus company, Royal Excursion: "We pray for comfort and strength during this [...]

Fifty-two Bus Companies Off The Road

Fifty-two Bus Companies Off The Road

Operation Quick Strike has struck. Operation Quick Strike is a DOT program aimed at shutting down unsafe Bus companies. A DOT press release indicated that: 214 top-to-bottom compliance investigations were completed*; 20 motorcoach companies were immediately shut down for violations and posing an imminent hazard to the public; 32 [...]

Visiting Catastrophe

Visiting catastrophe is not a nice place; I don't want to live there, and yet so frequently, I do. As I gaze at disaster news for the umpteenth time, I see, as I so frequently do, odd juxtapositions which sometimes beg for discussion. Point in fact: In Aviation, I have been looking at a case (several, in fact) where the weather at the [...]

Schoolbus Struck by Wild Turkey

Schoolbus Struck by Wild Turkey

What: Myron L. Powell Schoolbus Where: County Route 553, rural South Jersey When: March 9, 2012, 8 a m Who: 4 injured Why: Friday morning en route to school, the schoolbus's windshield was struck by a wild turkey. The driver, Edwin Ramos, and three students were injured by flying glass, and the turkey was demolished. Ramos was [...]

Ashley Zauflik: When The Course of a Life is Changed Forever

In George's Point of View Ashley Zauflik is a survivor. She survived the runaway schoolbus that crashed into her and flattened her "made like a pancake" according to Dr Guy Fried who testified in court about "multiple, complex fractures in her lower body, life-threatening infections, neck injuries, fractured vertebra and extensive scarring [...]

San Bruno: Not Forgotten

San Bruno: Not Forgotten

Six Months after the San Bruno Pipeline explosion, Crestmore Canyon may no longer look like a raw wound upon the earth, but this kind of damage done is not easily undone. Led by "Rick" who introduces himself as "many of you know me....I jog around the neighborhood," Those gathered bow their heads at his request to remember the ones no longer [...]

A Note on Human Error

A Note on Human Error

Indian Railway Board findings indicate that 90% of train mishaps are due to human error and overwork by railway employees. This may be misleading. Resarch shows that staff shortages, a deficit of safety supervision and overwork result in a high fatality rate. The findings may change the process of recruitment, training and monitoring. Let [...]