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Middlesboro, Kentucky

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Distracted driving can cause tragedy in the blink of an eye

Truck traffic is a fact of life and automobile drivers must co-exist on Kentucky roadways with truck drivers. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season everyone, including truck drivers, is typically harried and distracted. Distracted driving may have contributed to a tragic crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer on Christmas Eve in Louisa.

The accident occurred on US-23 on the afternoon of Dec. 24. The occupants of the car were two women and a 12-year-old girl. The car slowed to make a left hand turn and was hit from behind by the semitrailer. All three occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

Drinking and driving can cause a tragic traffic accident

Drinking and driving don't mix. Variations of this statement are heard over and over in Kentucky and across the country, particularly during the holiday season. Tragically, many people still fail to heed the warning and a tragic traffic accident can result. One such tragedy unfolded in Louisville on Christmas Eve.

A young female police officer was in the process of handling a traffic stop on Interstate 64. She had pulled over a car and was still seated in her cruiser when a truck crashed into her. The impact of the crash caused the police car to become engulfed in flames. The officer was trapped in her vehicle and was unable to escape to safety. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Holidays can lead to distracted driving

The holiday season is in full swing in Kentucky. People who are normally in a hurry to get from point A to point B may now be in an even bigger hurry. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can result in distracted driving, which can, in turn, can cause tragic accidents. Such was the case recently in Pike County.

Two people are dead in what appears to have been a head-on collision. The accident happened at about 2:00 in the afternoon at Brushy Fork in Beefhide. One man, a 54-year-old from Premium, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person, a 27-year-old male, was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

G159 tire danger and defective product

Once in a great while a product is deemed so dangerous that it achieves almost legendary status. Examples are the Ford Pinto that frequently burst into flame when hit from behind and the Chevrolet Corvair that gave rise to the term 'unsafe at any speed.' The Goodyear G159 tire may be another such defective product. In a recent court case the tire company was ordered to pay $2.7 million in sanctions for willfully failing to disclose damaging evidence to plaintiff's counsel and thus directly sabotaging plaintiff's right to a fair trial. The case could have implications for people in Kentucky and in other parts of the country.

The G159 tire was developed for use on delivery trucks in stop-and-go city traffic. Goodyear also deemed the tire a good product for motor homes. It made this decision despite the results of its own testing that showed the tire could overheat at highway speeds and lose tread.

Accident caused by high speed police chase

On a recent evening in the small town of Flaherty a group of teenage friends decided to head out for ice cream. It would turn out to be the last thing that they all did together. Two of the teens were killed in a crash resulting from a high speed police chase. The Kentucky sheriff involved in the accident is being charged with two counts of murder.

A Meade County sheriff radioed that he was in pursuit of a pickup truck he had approached because he believed the driver was up to something. The truck sped away as the officer approached resulting in the high speed chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph. According to department policy, high speed chases are justified "for a violent felony offense, or use of force likely to cause death or serious physical injury, or threatened use of such force." Dispatch records of this incident only mention that the officer was in pursuit because the driver failed to stop or was involved in a suspicious activity. Neither of these are reasons cited for conducting a high speed chase.

Salmonella contaminated beef causes defective product recall

The people of Kentucky like to believe that when they go to the grocery store to purchase food that the food supply is safe. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) exists in part to help ensure the safety of foods in grocery stores. Even with these safeguards in place, problems can still arise that can result in a defective product being purchased.

A recent case of salmonella-infected ground beef has been discovered in multiple states, including Kentucky, and a recall has been issued. There have been 120 case of salmonella-related illnesses since the outbreak was first reported in August, and 33 of those cases required hospitalization. There are no reported deaths. The symptoms of salmonella can include fever, nausea and diarrhea. The symptoms typically appear 12 – 72 hours after consuming the infected food.

Truck accident brings grief to local school

At 6:30 in the morning people are heading to work on Kentucky roads.  Trucks are also a significant presence in the early hours and a truck accident can occur. Teachers are among the people heading to work at that early hour. Many of these teachers regard their work as a vocation and make a real difference in the lives of their students. One of those lives was lost in an accident on a recent Monday morning.

The accident occurred near the Walmart on Cumberland Gap Parkway. A teacher was driving to school in his 1999 Saturn when he was struck by a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer. The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the truck was not injured. According to the police report, neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected of being factors in the accident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Man dies in an early morning pedestrian accident

A person out for an early morning stroll in Kentucky does not expect it to be his or her last. People walking along the roadway before sunrise can be difficult to spot. A man out for an early morning walk recently lost his life after being struck by a car in a fatal accident.

The 34-year-old man, who was from Bardstown, was walking along Kentucky Highway 245 at about 5:30 on a recent morning. A 25-year-old man from Longview, Washington, was driving west in a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo struck the man from Bardstown as he walked along the side of the road.

Tragic traffic accident kills a child during a UK football game

The recent tragic death of a child in Kentucky brings to the fore two issues that have been much in the news lately. The issues concern the partying and pledging practices in the nation's collegiate Greek system and reckless driving brought about by driving under the influence. A child was the victim of a traffic accident that happened during a University of Kentucky football game.

The child was standing with his family waiting to cross a street. He was allegedly hit by an 18-year-old student from UK who had recently left a tailgate party. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.

Ford recalling pickup trucks over seat belt fire risks

Modern motor vehicles contain many safety devices. Drivers and passengers count on these products functioning properly. Unfortunately, defects can sometimes arise in connection to auto safety devices. When such products are defective, they might not be able to protect an occupant the way they are supposed to. However, this is not the only type of harm that can be caused by auto safety device defects. Sometimes, such a defect creates whole new safety risks.

This is illustrated in a recent vehicle recall involving seat belts.