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Accidents kill 830,000 children annually

Around the globe, accidents kill 830,000 children annually – equivalent to all the children in Chicago, according to a report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report, the first to collect all known data on child injuries worldwide, makes broad estimates because many poor countries gather few health statistics, and many children…

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Cameras blamed for Houston wreck increases

A study of red-light cameras in Houston showed that traffic accidents doubled at those intersections in the first year after they were put in. Mayor Bill White defended the use of the cameras, which he has favored, saying they prevented even more wrecks. Critics, however, said that the city-financed study supports their contention that the…

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Traffic fatalities rose in 2008

There were 95 traffic fatalities in Travis County in 2008, up slightly from 2007, according to’ law enforcement records. On roads within the City of Austin, there  were 59 deaths last year. Investigators saw a rise in motorcycle-related deaths, spurred by a summer of nearly $4-per-gallon gas, Austin police Detective Mark Breckenridge said.  “We had…

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Man killed in wrong-way crash in Kyle

One man died and three people were injured after a head-on collision near Kyle, Texas early Monday morning. The man, 31-year-old Jose Hernandez was driving north in a southbound lane on Interstate 35.  A 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Jeffery Hill, 25, was headed south and hit Hernandez’s car head-on at about midnight. Hernandez was…

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Two Die in Wreck Near Taylor

Two people were killed and three were seriously injured in a head-on collision Sunday morning near Taylor. According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, a Jeep Cherokee crossed the center median on Texas 95 and hit a Dodge Stratus about 6 a.m. The driver of the Dodge, Eloy Villareal 52, and a passenger in…

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Local Heroes Douse Truck Fire and Save Driver

Richard Slack, a 47-year-old former volunteer firefighter in New York, was working at a Lube Pit Stop at about 4:45 p.m.  in Southwest Austin on February 12th when he heard a boom.  There was no screeching tires before he heard the crash, which are common along the stretch of U.S. 290 just east of William…

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Woman Dies After Collision

A 78-year-old woman, Betty Chesbro, who was involved in a wreck in the 1700 block of South MoPac Boulevard on February 7th died Tuesday, February 12th according to Austin police. Nasrin Farahani was driving a silver 2002 Volvo north on MoPac when she lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median and struck Betty…

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Local Singer Killed in Car Wreck

Local singer, Melanie Wilkinson, was killed in a collision on Monday at the 2200 block of East 51st Street, just east of Waterbrook.  Ms. Wilkinson had performed for Ann Richards, Lady Bird Johnson and Barbara Jordan and was scheduled to sing in Washington with a choral group at the National Cathedral in the next few…

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Motorcyclist dies in accident

A man in his 20s died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident near Lakeline Mall, according to police Sgt. James Mason. Just before 3 a.m., Mason said, the man was riding without a helmet on Lakeline Boulevard near Ridgeline Boulevard when he lost control, his a curb and was thrown off the motorcycle.  A…

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