A 9-year-old girl got out of an SUV after a roller car wreck on Sunday in a Southern California canyon and hiked nearly two hours to find help. Her father was pinned inside the driver’s seat. By the time the California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene, the driver was pronounced dead. The 2010 Ford Escape fell 200 feet into the canyon on a part of Sierra Highway in the desert on north Los Angeles County around 1am on Sunday, and the vehicle flipped many times. The girl got the attention of a passing driver at around 2:30am, according to news reports.
A young girl was thrown from an SUV when it skidded along a highway in Russia and crashed in a truck. The girl, who was not secured in a car seat, was ejected from the vehicle and a truck was able to narrowly avoid hitting her. A dashboard camera of the car driving behind the scene of the wreck recorded the entire incident. The driver of the SUV, a 53-year-old man, lost control when he was trying to pass another vehicle, according to news reports. She luckily only sustained cuts and bruises.
A 31-year-old was sentenced to almost five years in prison due to driving distracted and rear-ending a car, resulting in the death of a 10-year-old boy. The wreck happened along State Route 93 in Ohio. The crash caused the victim’s car to get pushed into the opposing lane of traffic and colliding head-on with a car. The suspect was looking at a text massage when the wreck happened. He plead guilty to one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault, according to news reports.
An elderly driver lost control of his Mercedes and veered off the roadway in London. A father walking with his wife and child had just enough time to push his child out of the way. The 83-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation and police have not made any arrests as of yet. The mother was bending over to talk to her son when the driver collided into them. Messages and flowers were left at the site of the collision, according to news reports.
Drivers are reminded to remain careful while driving along Highway 49 in Craighead County, Arkansas. On Sunday night, a truck collided with a tractor-trailer, causing traffic to come to a stop. The number of accidents in this area have increased recently after the speed limit rose to 60mph. One resident mentioned there are many sirens that sound near her home. She lives close to Hwy. 49. The speed limit rose from 55 to 60, resulting in many accidents. Local residents advise drivers to slow down and keep their attention on the roadway, according to news reports.
A new collision avoidance technology was introduced in the Ford Fiesta called the Active City Stop. It uses lights and sensors to scan the roadway ahead of the vehicle and prevent a crash. Slow, city traffic is often the reason behind low-speed collisions due to the high volume of traffic involved. Half-a-million are injured every year in car wrecks throughout cities in several European countries. One crash in eight are rear-end crashes, which Active City Stop aims to reduce. It works by monitoring the gap in front of the vehicle and calculating the risk of hitting a vehicle and delivers a necessary braking response, according to news reports.
After a seven-car wreck in June, a 23-year-old driver is facing charges for leaving the scene of the wreck that resulted in injuries. He’s also charged for fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving that led to injury. He was driving a white BMW when he made an illegal U-turn. Police attempted to stop him, but he fled police. The suspect ran two red lights and caused a seven-car crash. The driver got out of the car and fled from the scene of the crash by foot. DNA from the BMW airbag helped police track down the suspect, according to news reports.
Over 40 policeman from New York received training in order to respond to accidents involving hybrid-electric cars. Training was developed over the past year with assistance from the National Fire Protection Association. “The investigators will subsequently train all New York State Troopers statewide and the Electric Vehicle Safety Training Program for Law Enforcement will be offered by NFPA to police agencies nationwide,” read the official press release. “While all motor vehicle crashes are potentially hazardous, electric and hybrid-electric vehicles are characterized by high voltage electric propulsion systems, which are significantly different than those found in conventional vehicles.”
A recent horrible car wreck has spurred calls for safety changes to an English road. Although the single-car accident in Worcester only resulted in minor injuries to the car’s occupants, the wreck caused utility outages by taking down a utility pole and caused property damage to homes. Residents of the area say that speeding is a big problem on the stretch of road, with some suggesting that cameras be installed to catch speeders.
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A crash on Iowa’s interstate 80 was the result of two drivers driving while distracted. One driving was drinking and speeding, while the other driver was watching a movie on a DVD player. 25 year old Brandon Anderson of Des Moines and 53 year old Kevin O’Sullivan of Elizabeth were both pronounced dead on the scene.
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