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February 2013 Archives

Tire blowout causes fatal rollover crash on 5

One person was killed and eight more injured when an SUV rolled over on the 5 Freeway in California. According to the California Highway Patrol, a tire blew on a 2003 Ford Expedition, causing the SUV to roll multiple times. The SUV was travelling at least 80 mph.

Pilot involved in helicopter accident had previous citations

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the helicopter pilot killed in the reality TV accident on the Polsa Rosa Ranch earlier this month had multiple citations for improperly operating his helicopter. While it is still unknown what caused the fatal helicopter crash, it is possible that pilot error played a part.

Does the government regulate brakes on buses?

After a deadly California bus crash, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has banned the bus company Scapadas Magicas from operating on U.S. roads. It said the company was "an imminent hazard." It appears the bus accident may have been caused by brake problems similar to issues that were noted on the company's buses in the last few years.

California helicopter accident kills three, raises questions

Helicopters have become a popular form of transportation on reality TV shows, which has fed into the public's increased interest in helicopter rides. Now, a California helicopter accident that killed three people involved in the production of Discovery Channel's "Untitled Military Project" has raised question about the safety of helicopter rides and reality show filming.

Driver hits man in wheelchair, flees the scene

Last week, a man in a wheelchair was killed by a hit-and-run driver. He was crossing Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera when a vehicle struck him and then left the scene of the accident.

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