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This Louisiana Truck Driver Was Just Rescued from a Sinking Vehicle

A truck driver was recently rescued from the canal along Interstate 10 after a highway accident left him unconscious in a sinking vehicle. The man lost control of the 18-wheeler for unclear reasons, then veered across the highway and into the canal. Onlookers say that the vehicle quickly filled with water and began to sink. Drivers along the road parked and attempted to help the truck driver, but at first they were unable to get into the cabin. A passing work truck stopped. The men inside assisted, and they used the truck’s crane to help recover the driver inside the vehicle. Law enforcement noticed a white sedan crashed in the woods nearby the interstate. Police discovered that the truck accident had caused the woman in the car to lose control and crash off of the street. She did not suffer any serious injuries, and her car was towed safely from…
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Is it Safe to Ride in a Pick-up’s Cargo Area?

A young girl was recently killed in a tragic truck accident after she was thrown from the pick-up’s cargo area. A local woman was moving her trashcans. Two young girls were riding in the bed of her truck to assist her. The two girls were sisters, ages 12 and 15. The woman temporarily parked her truck along the side of the highway in order to move her trash cans. Meanwhile, a young man was driving West in the same area. He attempted to avoid a crash, but he was unable to dodge the truck entirely. When the two trucks collided, both of the young girls were thrown from back of the truck. The older sister was pronounced dead, and the younger sister sustained serious injuries. A helicopter rushed both girls to Our Lady Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. The police do not believe either driver was under the influence…
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Crush Accidents Are Still Very Common in the Oil Industry

Doctors are saying that despite slowdowns in some oil towns, they are still treating a large number of crush injuries from the oil industry. This may raise the question of how common these accidents are on the national level. Are they becoming more common? The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that in the most recent records, 21.1 percent of the roughly 4,200 annual oil industry accidents happened because a worker was caught in a piece of equipment. 32.5 percent of accidents happened because a worker was struck by an object. These are also the two most common causes of crush injuries. Government records also indicate that in their five most recent recorded years, the number of fatal accidents in Louisiana has increased by 30 percent, while in Texas the number has increased by 21 percent. Based on these numbers, it makes sense to suspect the number of crush accidents…
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