April 1, 2014

Medical Condition Causes Deadly Tractor-Trailer Accident

Post #5 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA deadly accident occurred in D'Iberville, MS late last week when a tractor-trailer crossed I-10 and collided with an oncoming passenger vehicle. The force of the head-on collision resulted in the death of both drivers.

According to the police reports, the accident occurred just after 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Donald Lockhart was driving his big rig along I-10 when he lost control of his truck and slammed into Kevin Benefield's car. The accident scene was grisly and both men died at the scene of the crash.

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March 26, 2014

Icy Roads Lead To Several Deadly Crashes Across Mississippi

Post #4 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA woman is dead and two others are seriously injured following an accident in Smith County, MS involving a tractor-trailer. Emergency officials say the accident happened on snow covered local roads and led to the death of a passenger in a 1992 Toyota pickup truck.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officials say that the accident occurred when an 18-wheeler stalled on a patch of ice while driving along Highway 18. The semi then collided with the Toyota pickup truck that was heading the opposite direction down Highway 18. Officials say they blame the ice on the accident, one of several deadly crashes that have occurred in Mississippi in the past few months due to winter weather.

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March 24, 2014

Wrong Way Wreck Leaves One Young Person Dead And Two Others Injured

Post #3 image. 2014-02-25.jpgTwo young college students are working hard to recover from an accident that left another young driver dead earlier this month in southern Mississippi. Officials say the accident was a head-on collision, a notoriously dangerous type of accident that frequently proves fatal.

According to law enforcement authorities, 18-year-old Jennifer Stapel was driving herself a friend back to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after catching a movie. Tragically, that's the last thing Stapel remembers. Stapel suffered serious injuries in the crash, including memory loss, but her passenger, 19-year-old Brianna Medina, faced even worse trouble. Medina suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

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March 21, 2014

Icy Roads Lead To Five-Truck Pileup

Post #2 image. 2014-02-25.jpgEarlier last month a serious accident on I-65 in Simpson County, MS led to a massive pileup involving five tractor-trailers. The accident occurred around 5:30 in the morning when two trucks initially crashed into one another on a patch of icy roadway.

Police say that after the first two semis crashed, there was not enough time for the next two to avoid the wreckage, adding further to the pileup. The driver of the fifth tractor-trailer, Andre Ellis, said that he only barely had time to react after seeing the wreckage up ahead of him. According to Ellis, he was carrying a very heavy load and knew that he would be unable to stop his truck in time given the icy conditions. Thankfully, Andre thought fast and decided to ditch his truck into an embankment rather than plow into the back of the already wrecked semis.

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March 18, 2014

BP Launches PR War Against Oil Spill Victims

Post #1 image. 2014-02-25.jpgA recent (and scathing) article in the Los Angeles Times took BP to task for its bad behavior over the past several months regarding its oil spill settlement. The article accuses officials at BP of displaying an unseemly buyer's remorse regarding the settlement agreement it reached back in 2012 with private plaintiffs across the Gulf Coast who suffered damages as a result of the catastrophic oil spill.

At the time the settlement was reached, BP said that it "wanted to do the right thing" and ensure that victims of its mistakes would be compensated for the harm they endured thanks to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill. BP and a group of plaintiffs agreed that the settlement was in everyone's best interest and would avoid forcing victims to file their cases individually, dramatically streamlining the claims process.

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February 17, 2014

Large Buses Will Soon Come Equipped With Seat Belts

Passengers on large buses across the United States will soon receive an important safety upgrade. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buses manufactured in the United States that carry passengers between cities will now have to install seat belts on all buses beginning in November 2016.

The NHTSA says that all manufacturers will have a few years to upgrade their plants and prepare before the changes kick into effect. The rule excludes school buses and public transit buses, meaning there is currently no hope for young children to receive the benefit of seat belts, at least not in the near future. The law goes even further and says that manufacturers must install three-point belts, not simple lap belts.

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February 13, 2014

Mississippi Authorities Target Distracted Drivers

Post #5 image. 2013-11-26.jpgIn a recent announcement that Mississippians can collectively give thanks about, the Mississippi Highway Patrol has said that it will launch a new campaign to target motorists who are found driving unsafely due to distraction.

A spokesperson for the department says that officers across the state will be actively looking for distracted drivers. This includes those who eat while driving, text while driving or generally are not paying attention to the road in front of them. Though much attention is paid to the dangers of texting while driving, the reality is that all manner of distractions are dangerous because they pull a driver's attention off of the road. A loss of attention for even a few seconds can prove catastrophic as traffic patterns can change on a dime.

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February 10, 2014

Bad Holiday Weather Means Increased Chance Of Mississippi Car Accidents

Post #4 image. 2013-11-26.jpgOfficials with Mississippi's Emergency Management Agency have said that drivers across the state face a potentially deadly mix of weather and road conditions over the few days prior to Thanksgiving. Authorities point out that heavy rain, flooding, possible snow and ice could make roadways treacherous and have warned drivers to pay careful attention when navigating this holiday season.

The National Weather Service has said that parts of central and east Mississippi could see as much as six inches of rain over the next several days, with some of that rain turning into snow Tuesday evening. It's the cold temperature that has the Mississippi Department of Transportation nervous, asking drivers to proceed with extreme caution in northern parts of the state where temps may fall below freezing. Motorists are being urged to call local authorities and report icy road conditions so officers can be dispatched to warn others.

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February 5, 2014

Mississippi Car Accident Leaves Pedestrian Dead

Post #3 image. 2013-11-26.pngFatal pedestrian accidents are all too common across the country and Mississippi is no exception. Every year dozens of pedestrians are killed across the state with dozens more suffering serious and potentially debilitating injuries. Whenever one of these accidents occurs it should serve as a grave warning to Mississippi motorists about the importance of slowing down and paying careful attention when you are out for a drive.

The latest fatal pedestrian crash occurred just this week in Biloxi, MS where a 22-year-old man named Kamal Shafeek was killed early Sunday morning. Police say that Shafeek was struck by a car while walking along Mississippi 67. Authorities say they believe Shafeek was visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast and had been in the area since last week, traveling down from Dayton, Ohio.

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February 3, 2014

Mississippi School Bus Accident Injuries 13

Post #2 image. 2013-11-26.jpgOfficials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say that 11 children were hospitalized following a serious school bus accident earlier this month. The wreck happened just after 4 p.m. as the bus was making its afternoon drop-offs.

Police say that the bus wreck took place on U.S. 61 near Poplar Hill Road in Jefferson County, MS. Witnesses say that the school bus was hit by a pickup truck, which led to a variety of injuries. Nine students from Jefferson County Elementary School were on the bus at the time of the crash as were two students from Jefferson County High School. All eleven students, the driver of the school bus and the driver of the truck were taken to either Jefferson County Hospital or UMMC for treatment.

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January 28, 2014

BP Takes Another Swing At Judge Barbier

In a surprising twist, news reports have covered the increasingly hostile campaign led by BP's lawyers to discredit Judge Carl Barbier, the U.S. District Court Judge who is presiding over several cases concerning BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Experts say that the lengths BP has gone to are surprising given that most companies would try to avoid publicly embarrassing the judge assigned to watch over several of their multibillion dollar cases.

Earlier this year BP appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals claiming that Barbier had refused to stop payments of some claims that the oil company said were fictitious. As a result of that appeal, the Fifth Circuit ordered Barbier to reconsider BP's claims and reevaluate whether business plaintiffs who had never suffered any real harm due to the accident were receiving payments.

Apparently unhappy with Barbier's efforts, BP last week filed what it called an "emergency motion" with the Fifth Circuit asking them to yet again intervene. BP's lawyers said that Barbier has defied the Fifth Circuit's directive to prevent payments to undeserving claimants. Many experts familiar with the case say this motion is nearly unheard of given how aggressively it takes the presiding judge to task.

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November 13, 2013

Medical Helicopter Crash In Mississippi Leaves Pilot Injured

Post #6 image. 2013-10-02.jpgA helicopter accident in Madison County, MS led to injuries to the pilot and a scared patient and flight crew. Authorities say the emergency landing not only resulted in injuries to occupants but major physical damage to the chopper itself.

Officials with local law enforcement agencies say that the helicopter made a hard emergency landing in someone's back yard. The owner of the property says he saw the helicopter come in close, making a lot of noise when all of a sudden the helicopter stuttered and stopped, slamming into his field.

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November 13, 2013

Widespread Health And Safety Violations Found Across Mississippi Nursing Homes

Post #1 image. 2013-10-23.jpgIn an alarming bit of information for those families in Mississippi with loved ones in nursing homes, the state recently earned a "D" on its nursing home report card issued by a national patient advocacy group. Families For Better Care said that the state has a long way to go to improve the quality of care offered to Mississippi seniors.

According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mississippi sees an average of about eight violations per nursing home. Since 2010, Mississippi nursing homes have amassed a total of 4,542 health and safety violations. The trouble is so serious in fact that not a single one of the 205 licensed nursing home in Mississippi made it through without at least one violation.

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November 11, 2013

One Teen Dies After Mississippi Single-Car Accident

Post #2 image. 2013-10-17.jpgPolice in Mississippi say that six teenagers were injured and one 14-year-old died following a recent Warren County car crash. The accident happened just before 9 p.m. on Newitt Vick Drive in Vicksburg.

According to authorities, a 16-year-old was driving the 2011 Toyota Corolla at the time of the crash. The teen lost control of the car and crashed it into the front yard of a nearby home, ultimately coming to a stop after colliding with a tree.

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November 6, 2013

Mississippi Driver Charged With DUI-Manslaughter After Fatal Wreck

Post #1 image. 2013-10-17.jpgA man from Richton, MS has been indicted following a deadly accident back in April that left an unsuspecting 20-year-old dead. Police say that 50-year-old Randall Langele has been charged with DUI-manslaughter following the fatal accident.

According to authorities, John Michael Arcier was killed when the car he was driving was hit by Langele's Ford F-150 pickup truck. Police say that Langele was driving he wrong way along U.S. Highway 84 at the time of the crash and that Arcier had no opportunity to avoid the deadly collision.

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