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Louisiana highway closed by a train-dump truck crash

A train and a dump truck collided in Louisiana, out in Tangipahoa Parish, and a highway had to be closed down as a result. There were roughly 200 people on the train and just one man in the dump truck. That driver was injured and emergency crews had to take him to a nearby hospital.

The fire chief for Tangipahoa Fire District #1 said that they had multiple fires at the crash site. One involved the dump truck, which was apparently trying to cross the tracks when it was hit. Another flash fire involved the diesel fuel on the train. Crews worked hard and were able to get both of those fires out so that the site was secure.

Opelousas woman killed, man jailed in fatal wreck

An Opelousas man was taken into police custody and charged with multiple felonies after a recent fatal accident claimed the life of a 54-year-old passenger in his 2005 Chevrolet truck. Three others were injured, including the driver.

According to reports from the Louisiana State Police, the allegedly drunk truck driver was southbound on state Route 105 when he lost control of his vehicle north of Krotz Springs. He crossed over the center line and over-corrected, causing the truck to slam into a tree. Neither the driver nor his passengers were restrained by seatbelts.

2-year-old killed when pickup smashes house in Louisiana

A recent tragedy befell a Gray family when their 2-year-old daughter was killed after a pickup truck slammed into the family's home in the wee hours of the morning.

According to a Louisiana State Police trooper, a 20-year-old Houma man was headed south on Hwy. 24 at approximately 2:30 a.m. when he rear-ended another car. Instead of stopping at the scene of the accident, the driver continued down the highway before he eventually lost control of his pickup truck and ran off of the road. He then struck the house, injuring all three of the occupants inside.

Woman files suit against Metairie spa for waxing injuries

A woman filed suit May 27 in the 24th Judicial District Court against Passion Nails & Spa in Metairie, Louisiana. She alleges that she suffered severe burns to her face after going to the salon to have her eyebrows waxed.

According to court documents, the employee who was going to wax the plaintiff's eyebrows failed to properly treat the wax. Although it was far too hot to be applied to human skin, the employee put the wax on the customer, who then got second-degree burns on her eyebrows and suffered injuries that she characterized as "severe and disabling."

Vehicle goes off Louisiana bridge, hero boater saves those inside

An SUV crashed into the Atchafalaya Basin after sailing off of the bridge. Inside were two adults and five children. The vehicle smashed into the water and went under, and a nearby boater, who is now being hailed by many as a hero in the incident, went into action.

The man, along with a pair of other people, was on his way to the Ramah boat landing. He spotted the vehicle in the water, and he worked quickly to help get people out and save lives. He said that the first thing that he noticed was that there were headlights below the water, and then he saw that the engine was smoking, letting him know that the car had just landed in the water.

Unlicensed driver causes fatal car accident in Baton Rouge

A Baton Rouge man has been booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after the unlicensed driver caused a fatal accident on May 23 on Airline Highway that claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman.

According to a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department, the car accident occurred just after 8 a.m. An anonymous tipster alerted police that a driver in a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo attempted to merge into the lane in which the woman was driving in her Toyota Avalon. She attempted evasive action to avoid a collision by swerving into the median. Crossing over into oncoming traffic, she was hit on the passenger side by an 18-wheeler and killed on impact.

Covington man killed in motorcycle crash in Luling

A 23-year-old man from Covington died on May 16 after his 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle was hit in Luling. A 16-year-old girl blew threw a stop sign in a 2002 Jeep Cherokee on state route 90 and crashed into him.

According to a Louisiana state police trooper, the 6:40 a.m. fatal motorcycle crash occurred as the teen drove north on Coronado Drive and then headed eastbound on U.S. 90 without stopping. The motorcyclist was in the left lane and was knocked off the bike upon impact. Even though he had on a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation at the time of the crash, he later died at New Orleans Interim LSU Hospital from injuries he suffered in the accident. The teen, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time, refused medical treatment.

New Orleans hospital deaths catalyst for laundry industry changes

The health care laundry industry is reevaluating its standards for handling hospital linens five years after the deaths of five children at Children's Hospital in New Orleans after they contracted a fatal fungal infection. Two prominent laundering groups say that the events of 2008 to 2009 shined a spotlight on the role textiles play when it comes to providing quality patient care.

Over a span of 11 months, three children aged 10, 11 and 13 and two infants died after contracting mucormycosis from improperly laundered hospital linens, according to findings from investigators. The fungi is naturally found in decaying organic deposits and dirt, and it is unclear how it invaded the hospital's linen supply. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued reports that indicate mistakes were made in the delivery of clean laundry to the hospital. Despite the presence of visible dust from construction occurring near the loading dock at the hospital, depositions in lawsuits related to the deaths state that the clean linen was delivered in uncovered carts. There were also complaints that hospital workers threw linens into the trash.

Inflatable bounce houses are dangerous children's toys

Louisiana parents who bought Little Tikes inflatable bounce houses for their children to play inside may want to rethink that decision. Three children in upstate New York were injured when a wind gust carried the house airborne and caused them to fall from heights of up to two stories.

The recent accident occurred in a yard of a residence near the apartments where the children live in South Glens Falls. A "sudden and strong burst of wind" caused the inflatable toy to come loose from the stakes attaching it to the ground. Three children fell from it when it was about 15 - 20 feet off the ground -- a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6. The kids were being supervised by more than one adult at the time of the accident.

Atchafalaya Basin fatal wreck snarls traffic

A fatal wreck on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge involving two 18-wheelers tied up traffic for many hours and swamped local businesses along 190 between Opelousas and Baton Rouge.

On a recent Friday night, state police shut down I-10 in both directions over the Atchafalaya Basin between Lafayette and Baton Rouge after the driver of a big rig slammed into the back of another semi after failing to stop for traffic around 5 p.m.

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