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Message 2099664 - Posted: 16 May 2022, 20:52:12 UTC

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Message 2099702 - Posted: 17 May 2022, 15:26:26 UTC
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Now's the time to get serious about crash test dummies.

Women almost twice as likely to be trapped in crashed vehicle, study finds
Women are almost twice as likely as men to become trapped in a motor vehicle after a crash and they also sustain different patterns of injury, data suggests.

The research – the first large UK study to compare sex differences in injury patterns and the likelihood of becoming trapped after a collision – could help vehicle manufacturers improve car design and safety features to reduce rates of injury in both sexes. It also strengthens calls for the inclusion of more biologically accurate crash test dummies in simulations of vehicle collisions, to investigate their impact on women.


edit] And your Tesla can be hacked and unlocked.
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Message 2099825 - Posted: 19 May 2022, 13:28:19 UTC - in response to Message 2096314.  

Texas teen driver who survived viral tornado moment joins TxDOT seat belt campaign
He credits his seat belt for saving his life in the moment and will participate in a Texas Department of Transportation “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

He spoke at a TxDOT media event Monday at the Texas Capitol.

“It was a couple days after that I realized that thank God I wore my seat belt that day because if not, the accident could have been more tragic,” Leon said. “I probably wouldn’t be here at this moment without my seat belt. But thankfully, I wore it and I’m here.”

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Message 2099988 - Posted: 22 May 2022, 22:51:16 UTC

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Message 2100055 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 4:15:37 UTC

If you're going to do something, you might as well go for maximum impact.
The crash occurred about 6am in northbound lanes near the Juliette Street off ramp on the motorway at Greenslopes.
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There were delays until about 11am, when police said the roadway had been completely cleared.
Six people taken to hospital after 12-car pile-up on Pacific Motorway at Greenslopes
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Message 2100073 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 15:03:34 UTC

Stag Party on barge not a good idea.
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Message 2100075 - Posted: 24 May 2022, 16:11:10 UTC - in response to Message 2100073.  

All too regular an event during the summer months.
Stag/hen parties, graduation celebrations, family holidays, private boats, working boats etc. have all done this over the years. It only takes a few moments of inattention and the boat lands on the upper gate cill, tips up and very rapidly fills with water. Fortunately most such events just render possessions and people being soaked plus a ruined holiday.
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Message 2100119 - Posted: 25 May 2022, 2:08:27 UTC

Victims in Dallas County wrong-way crash included teacher, 1 and 2-year-old children
Wilmer TX police say at 11:44 p.m. the driver going northbound in the southbound lanes of I-45 ultimately crashed into 28-year-old ***, a husband and father of a baby girl. 

Wilmer police say they received a call from Ferris TX police about the driver only two minutes before the crash.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the wrong way, also died in the crash, along with two children with her: 2-year-old *** and 1-year-old ***. The child appeared to be unrestrained at the time of the crash.

Gonzales said that the driver's headlights were on, but Wilmer police say witnesses told them that just before the crash her headlights were off.
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Message 2100368 - Posted: 29 May 2022, 7:42:10 UTC

Nepal plane missing with 22 people on board.

A plane operated by a private airline in Nepal went missing on Sunday with 22 people on board, airline and government officials told Reuters.

The small plane was flying from the tourist town of Pokhara, some 200 km northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, to Jomsom, about 80 km to the northwest, they said. It is operated by Tara Air which mainly flies Canadian-built Twin Otter planes.

An airline official said the plane was carrying four Indians and two other foreigners, though their nationality was not known.

Nepal, home to the world's highest mountain, does have a record of accidents on its extensive domestic air network, with changeable weather and airstrips in difficult mountain locations.
From air to water.

Boats collide on Georgia river, 2 dead, 3 missing.

Two people have died and three others are missing after two motorboats collided Saturday on a river in coastal Georgia at the start of the long holiday weekend, authorities said.

At least four other passengers suffered minor injuries and one other person was reported airlifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter for medical attention. The condition of that person wasn't immediately disclosed.

Authorities told The Savannah Morning News that one of the boats was carrying six people and the other had three aboard when they collided around 10:30 am on the Wilmington River.

A Chatham Emergency Services spokesperson who released details of the collision said a search was underway Saturday afternoon for the missing. Chatham County Police Department officials closed a stretch of the river to investigate and search for the missing. The names of those involved were not immediately made public and specifics of the crash and search operation were not disclosed.

The incident is the second involving a boat and serious injuries on the Wilmington River this month. A local businessman was killed May 5 when a boat he was aboard struck an unlit channel marker near the Savannah Yacht Club and he was struck on the head by an unknown object, authorities said.

Saturday was the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest of the year for recreational boaters.
More to come on both incidents.
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Message 2100443 - Posted: 30 May 2022, 6:02:36 UTC

Update on missing plane.

Nepal plane wreck carrying 22 passengers found.

Rescuers in Nepal have found the crash site of a plane that went missing on Sunday with 22 people on board.

The wreckage of the plane, operated by Nepali carrier Tara Air, was recovered in the district of Mustang in northern Nepal, said a Nepal Army spokesman.

The passenger plane was on a 20-minute flight when it lost contact with air traffic control five minutes before it was due to land.

It is still not known if there are any survivors from the crash.

Four Indians, two Germans and 16 Nepalis were on board the plane, according to reports. But search operations were hampered by bad weather and mountainous terrain, and only resumed on Monday morning. ....
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Message 2100492 - Posted: 31 May 2022, 19:32:24 UTC

Owen Wilson has rims and tires stolen off his Tesla outside Santa Monica home
Police sources told the outlet that the estimated cost to replace everything would be around $4,000.
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Message 2100609 - Posted: 2 Jun 2022, 12:45:41 UTC

Nepal tightens flight rules after crash that killed 22.

Flights in Nepal will be cleared to fly only if there is favourable weather forecast throughout their route, according to new regulations announced in the wake of a recent crash that killed 22 people, officials said Thursday.

A full investigation into the crash of the Twin Otter aircraft in western Nepal on Sunday is underway, but a preliminary inquiry suggested that bad weather caused the accident.

Air traffic control lost contact with the twin-prop plane shortly after it took off from Pokhara and headed for Jomsom, a popular Himalayan trekking destination.

The wreckage was found a day later, with all 16 Nepalis, four Indians and two Germans who were on board killed.

Aviation companies have raised concerns about how to implement the new regulations, citing the country's limited weather forecasting infrastructure.

Authorities say flight permits will now only be issued after the aircraft's operator submits a flight plan with weather information for the destination and the entire route of the flight, according to a Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal notice issued on Tuesday.

Providing en-route weather information was previously not mandatory....
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Message 2100658 - Posted: 3 Jun 2022, 14:39:04 UTC

Deadly train derailment in southern Germany.

At least three people were killed and about 60 injured when a train derailed in Germany's south-eastern state of Bavaria, police say.

The train, which was carrying many students, was heading to Munich when three carriages came off the tracks near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

It is unclear what caused the accident, a police spokesperson said.

Images published by local media show several crumpled train carriages lying on their sides.

Sixteen of the injured were in a serious condition, a spokesperson for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen local authority told reporters.

Six helicopters, including three scrambled from the Austrian region of Tyrol, have been on the scene to assist as rescue efforts continue.

"People are being pulled through the windows," police said. Police say that it cannot be ruled out that a number of students celebrating the beginning of the summer holidays are among those injured.

The accident happened at around 13:15 local time (11:15 GMT), shortly after the train left Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Munich.

Part of the route between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been blocked off and traffic has been diverted, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn says.

A US soldier based at a nearby air base was driving past when the train derailed. He told local media the accident had been "just awful - suddenly the train overturned"....
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Message 2100734 - Posted: 4 Jun 2022, 22:16:30 UTC

Will it take the shortest routes between two points or will it take the 'scenery routes' like some of it's human counterparts do?

General Motor's autonomous vehicle unit Cruise says it will deploy driverless taxis in San Francisco in a first for a major US city.

Cruise announced the plans for a ride hailing service using self-driving electric cars after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued it a permit to give rides without anyone in the driver's seat.

"This means that Cruise will be the first and only company to operate a commercial, driverless ride-hail service in a major US city," chief operating officer Gil West said in a blog post late Thursday.
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Message 2100736 - Posted: 4 Jun 2022, 22:33:54 UTC

Woops.

Train accident leaves 74 injured in Slovakia.

A train near the Strecno municipality stopped due to a defect and was hit by a locomotive which was coming to its aid. The site is close to an important railway junction.

Many people were injured after a passenger train collided with a locomotive in Slovakia on Friday.

According to Slovak police statement posted on social media, 59 people were mildly injured, 11 sustained moderate injuries and four severe injuries. 34 people were transferred to nearby hospitals.

Police said that the cause of the accident was under investigation....
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Message 2100759 - Posted: 5 Jun 2022, 2:55:10 UTC

Washington state drivers don't have to pull over for the cops anymore, so they aren't
In other words, if the cops see a driver doing something wrong and turn on their sirens and flashers but the motorist doesn’t pull over, there isn’t much they can do about it.
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Message 2100804 - Posted: 6 Jun 2022, 0:07:23 UTC

Only in Florida...
Couple Engaged in $3× While Driving Smash Head-On into FedEx Truck, Officials Say
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two people inside an SUV were discovered naked after a crash between the vehicle and a FedEx truck Thursday evening and it’s what was going on inside that may have caused the collision, according to officials.
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