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GM: Ignition Switch Repairs Underway

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Repairs to fix millions of General Motor’s vehicles are underway today as GM has shipped thousands of ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for older model small cars subject to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles that have been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Approximately 1.4 million owners of 2003-2007 model vehicles were mailed a letter last week stating that they should make an appointment with their local GM dealership with the repair time taking about 90 minutes.

Until these repairs are made, GM says it is “very important” that owners remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. They also advise that those with a manual transmission should make sure their ignition is off and set to reverse gear with the parking break on before removing the key. Owners of vehicles with an automatic transmission should be sure the vehicle is in park before removing the key.

Those with 2008-2011 model vehicles that meet the recall criteria will receive a letter confirming their inclusion in May, and another letter at a later date when parts are available.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2014/04/gm_ignition_switch_repairs_und.html

St. Louis worker falls from crane while working on new Mississippi River bridge

Posted on March 28th, 2012 No Comments

The AP is reporting that St. Louis rescue crews are searching for a crane operator who fell into the Mississippi River while working on a new bridge at St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the crane broke Wednesday morning and fell over in the water. St. Louis Fire Department rescue crews went to the scene. The worker’s life jacket was found, but not the man.The worker was helping to build the new $640 million bridge.

As spring begins and the economy contrinues to strengthen, many construction workers will be returning to work. Large projects and developments can often lead to worker safety hazards or require working with dangerous or defective equipment. In the above incident, not only was the worker forced into a dangerous and unsafe situation, but he also fell victim to a faulty product. It is incidents such as these that often times could have been avoided if proper safety procedures were followed.

New Born Baby the Only Survivor in Head-on Collision

Posted on March 1st, 2012 No Comments

A 2-day-old baby survived a crash that killed his mother, father and 3-year-old brother.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsh said the family of four from Eldon was traveling west on Missouri 52 in Miller County, 100 miles north of Springfield, when an eastbound Toyota moved into their lane.

“The one vehicle just crossed the center line and they hit pretty much head-on,” Reinsh said, noting it was sunny and clear when the crash happened at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. “As far as I know, the weather was not a factor.”

$5 million settlement reached in fatal St. Joseph school bus wreck

Posted on February 6th, 2012 No Comments

On the day jury selection was to begin in a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a 16-year-old St. Joseph boy who died when he was hit by a school bus , a multi-million dollar settlement was reached.

Mason Adams was s truck by a First Student Inc., school bus on Nov. 15, 2010 when walking to school. He was about three-tenths of a mile from Lafayette High School, where he was a junior.

Mason’s mother filed the wrongful death lawsuit against First Student and the bus driver, and were awarded a $5 million judgment on Monday.

In First Student taking responsibility for Mason’s death, his mother, Bridget Blasi, got what she really wanted, according to an email from her attorney.

Blasi spoke with 41 Action News Reporter Beth Vaughn in front of the Buchanan County Courthouse. She said, “I had been waiting on an apology. I had been waiting on them to say ‘We’re responsible for your son’s death.’ Today, they finally said that.”

Blasi is hoping to use the settlement money to build a baseball park in St. Joseph and to continue a scholarship fund in Mason’s name.

She explained tearfully, “Mason was #24. He was a competitive baseball player and he loved baseball.”
Blasi imagined what Mason might say to her now, saying, “You did it Mom. You fought for me and for what’s right and I’m so proud of you.”

We did some checking, and the St. Joseph School District pays First Student about three million dollars per year for its service. The company owns 60,000 buses nation-wide that is uses in 42 states.

Video was released for the first time Monday showing the bus driver, Tracey Jones, entering a fogged and frosted bus. The video shows Jones leaving the bus barn before clearing the windows. Shortly thereafter, Adams was struck and killed.

Attorney Michael Kuckelman explained what he’s argued for the past year, “A bus driver driving a 26,000 pound bus down the streets of St. Joseph with frost or dew on the windows, when she can’t see out, is like a 26,000 pound missile going down St. Joseph Avenue.”

He continued, “I think the amount of the settlement speaks volumes to how bad the case was.”

The St. Joseph School District tells 41 Action News it’s undecided if First Student will provide its transportation next year. The district is in the midst of a bidding process that is slated to end next week.

First Student refused to comment on the settlement.

Read more: http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_missouri/5-million-settlement-reached-in-fatal-St-Joseph-school-bus-wreck#ixzz1lewML7PZ

Springfield Semi Truck Accident Lawyer

Posted on January 4th, 2012 No Comments

The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car and killed two people Dec.22 on Hwy 49 South in Randolph County is facing additional charges.

Timothy John McCarty, 36, of Cabarrus County, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He posted an $80,000 bond.

McCarty was originally charged with passing in a no-passing zone. The accident took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road.

He is accused of trying to pass several vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone while coming over the crest of a hill. Three cars were coming in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of them side-swiped another, authorities said.

Danny Ray Perry, 49, and Kelly Perry, 53, were struck in a 1997 Chevy Lumina and both died at the scene.

The couple’s grandson, 6-year-old Deacon Cole, was also riding in the car. He was airlifted to Wake Baptist Medical Center and has since been released.

Missouri Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer

Posted on January 4th, 2012 No Comments

The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car and killed two people Dec.22 on Hwy 49 South in Randolph County is facing additional charges.

Timothy John McCarty, 36, of Cabarrus County, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He posted an $80,000 bond.

McCarty was originally charged with passing in a no-passing zone. The accident took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road.

He is accused of trying to pass several vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone while coming over the crest of a hill. Three cars were coming in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of them side-swiped another, authorities said.

Danny Ray Perry, 49, and Kelly Perry, 53, were struck in a 1997 Chevy Lumina and both died at the scene.

The couple’s grandson, 6-year-old Deacon Cole, was also riding in the car. He was airlifted to Wake Baptist Medical Center and has since been released.

Springfield Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

Posted on January 4th, 2012 2 Comments

The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car and killed two people Dec.22 on Hwy 49 South in Randolph County is facing additional charges.

Timothy John McCarty, 36, of Cabarrus County, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He posted an $80,000 bond.

McCarty was originally charged with passing in a no-passing zone. The accident took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road.

He is accused of trying to pass several vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone while coming over the crest of a hill. Three cars were coming in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of them side-swiped another, authorities said.

Danny Ray Perry, 49, and Kelly Perry, 53, were struck in a 1997 Chevy Lumina and both died at the scene.

The couple’s grandson, 6-year-old Deacon Cole, was also riding in the car. He was airlifted to Wake Baptist Medical Center and has since been released.

Springfield Tractor Trailer Lawyer

Posted on January 4th, 2012 No Comments

The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car and killed two people Dec.22 on Hwy 49 South in Randolph County is facing additional charges.

Timothy John McCarty, 36, of Cabarrus County, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He posted an $80,000 bond.

McCarty was originally charged with passing in a no-passing zone. The accident took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road.

He is accused of trying to pass several vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone while coming over the crest of a hill. Three cars were coming in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of them side-swiped another, authorities said.

Danny Ray Perry, 49, and Kelly Perry, 53, were struck in a 1997 Chevy Lumina and both died at the scene.

The couple’s grandson, 6-year-old Deacon Cole, was also riding in the car. He was airlifted to Wake Baptist Medical Center and has since been released.

Tractor-trailer Driver Involved in Deadly Wreck Faces Additional Charges

Posted on January 4th, 2012 No Comments

The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a car and killed two people Dec.22 on Hwy 49 South in Randolph County is facing additional charges.

Timothy John McCarty, 36, of Cabarrus County, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He posted an $80,000 bond.

McCarty was originally charged with passing in a no-passing zone. The accident took place around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Dunbar Bridge Road.

He is accused of trying to pass several vehicles in a two-lane no-passing zone while coming over the crest of a hill. Three cars were coming in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer collided head-on with one of them side-swiped another, authorities said.

Danny Ray Perry, 49, and Kelly Perry, 53, were struck in a 1997 Chevy Lumina and both died at the scene.

The couple’s grandson, 6-year-old Deacon Cole, was also riding in the car. He was airlifted to Wake Baptist Medical Center and has since been released.

Springfield Personal Injury Attorney

Posted on December 6th, 2011 1 Comment

More than 20,000 John Deere lawn tractors are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and  equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The voluntary recalls includes:

  • 15,500 lawn tractors — D100, D110, D120, and D130. The hardware that holds  the mower blade brake assemblies can fail, posing a laceration hazard.
  • 5,200 D100 lawn tractors in which the brake assembly to the transmission housing  can break and send the tractor out of control.

These tractors were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores  nationwide from October 2010 until September 2011. The D100 tractor was not sold  in California. No injuries have been reported.

Last October, Deere  recalled 6,450 EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers because the  steering lever could lock and remain in drive.

For additional  information, call Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233, or visit the company’s recall website.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/john-deere-tractors-recalled/?nicmp=outbrain&nichn=cpc&niseg=hlblog#ixzz1focD0nx4ou

 

Springfield Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted on December 6th, 2011 No Comments

More than 20,000 John Deere lawn tractors are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and  equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The voluntary recalls includes:

  • 15,500 lawn tractors — D100, D110, D120, and D130. The hardware that holds  the mower blade brake assemblies can fail, posing a laceration hazard.
  • 5,200 D100 lawn tractors in which the brake assembly to the transmission housing  can break and send the tractor out of control.

These tractors were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores  nationwide from October 2010 until September 2011. The D100 tractor was not sold  in California. No injuries have been reported.

Last October, Deere  recalled 6,450 EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers because the  steering lever could lock and remain in drive.

For additional  information, call Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233, or visit the company’s recall website.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/john-deere-tractors-recalled/?nicmp=outbrain&nichn=cpc&niseg=hlblog#ixzz1focD0nx4ou

 

Springfield, Missouri Products Liability Attorney

Posted on December 6th, 2011 No Comments

More than 20,000 John Deere lawn tractors are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and  equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The voluntary recalls includes:

  • 15,500 lawn tractors — D100, D110, D120, and D130. The hardware that holds  the mower blade brake assemblies can fail, posing a laceration hazard.
  • 5,200 D100 lawn tractors in which the brake assembly to the transmission housing  can break and send the tractor out of control.

These tractors were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores  nationwide from October 2010 until September 2011. The D100 tractor was not sold  in California. No injuries have been reported.

Last October, Deere  recalled 6,450 EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers because the  steering lever could lock and remain in drive.

For additional  information, call Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233, or visit the company’s recall website.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/john-deere-tractors-recalled/?nicmp=outbrain&nichn=cpc&niseg=hlblog#ixzz1focD0nx4ou

 

Springfield Products Liability Lawyer

Posted on December 6th, 2011 No Comments

More than 20,000 John Deere lawn tractors are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and  equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The voluntary recalls includes:

  • 15,500 lawn tractors — D100, D110, D120, and D130. The hardware that holds  the mower blade brake assemblies can fail, posing a laceration hazard.
  • 5,200 D100 lawn tractors in which the brake assembly to the transmission housing  can break and send the tractor out of control.

These tractors were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores  nationwide from October 2010 until September 2011. The D100 tractor was not sold  in California. No injuries have been reported.

Last October, Deere  recalled 6,450 EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers because the  steering lever could lock and remain in drive.

For additional  information, call Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233, or visit the company’s recall website.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/john-deere-tractors-recalled/?nicmp=outbrain&nichn=cpc&niseg=hlblog#ixzz1focD0nx4ou

 

John Deere Tractors Recalled

Posted on December 6th, 2011 No Comments

More than 20,000 John Deere lawn tractors are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and  equipment manufacturer John Deere.

The voluntary recalls includes:

  • 15,500 lawn tractors — D100, D110, D120, and D130. The hardware that holds  the mower blade brake assemblies can fail, posing a laceration hazard.
  • 5,200 D100 lawn tractors in which the brake assembly to the transmission housing  can break and send the tractor out of control.

These tractors were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe’s, and Home Depot stores  nationwide from October 2010 until September 2011. The D100 tractor was not sold  in California. No injuries have been reported.

Last October, Deere  recalled 6,450 EZtrak Zero Turn Lawn Mowers because the  steering lever could lock and remain in drive.

For additional  information, call Deere & Company at (800) 537-8233, or visit the company’s recall website.

Read more:  http://www.houselogic.com/blog/landscaping-gardening/john-deere-tractors-recalled/?nicmp=outbrain&nichn=cpc&niseg=hlblog#ixzz1focD0nx4ou

 

Springfield, Missouri Railroad Accident Attorney

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a father and son were killed when a dump truck was struck by an oncoming train near Seymour.

Gary Lee, 58, and Chad Lee, 34, were  pronounced dead at the scene on Oak Lawn Road, just south of U.S. 60, according to a highway patrol crash report.

The 1990 International dump truck, driven by Chad Lee, was southbound when it failed to yield to the eastbound Burlington Northern locomotive, according to the report.

The highway patrol noted the railroad crossing is signaled by crossbucks. Neither control arms nor lights are used at the crossing to warn drivers of oncoming trains.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111205/NEWS03/111205007/train-dump-truck-collision-syemour-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

Springfield, Missouri Railroad Accident Lawyer

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a father and son were killed when a dump truck was struck by an oncoming train near Seymour.

Gary Lee, 58, and Chad Lee, 34, were  pronounced dead at the scene on Oak Lawn Road, just south of U.S. 60, according to a highway patrol crash report.

The 1990 International dump truck, driven by Chad Lee, was southbound when it failed to yield to the eastbound Burlington Northern locomotive, according to the report.

The highway patrol noted the railroad crossing is signaled by crossbucks. Neither control arms nor lights are used at the crossing to warn drivers of oncoming trains.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111205/NEWS03/111205007/train-dump-truck-collision-syemour-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

Springfield Railroad Attorney

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a father and son were killed when a dump truck was struck by an oncoming train near Seymour.

Gary Lee, 58, and Chad Lee, 34, were  pronounced dead at the scene on Oak Lawn Road, just south of U.S. 60, according to a highway patrol crash report.

The 1990 International dump truck, driven by Chad Lee, was southbound when it failed to yield to the eastbound Burlington Northern locomotive, according to the report.

The highway patrol noted the railroad crossing is signaled by crossbucks. Neither control arms nor lights are used at the crossing to warn drivers of oncoming trains.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111205/NEWS03/111205007/train-dump-truck-collision-syemour-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

Springfield Railroad Lawyer

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a father and son were killed when a dump truck was struck by an oncoming train near Seymour.

Gary Lee, 58, and Chad Lee, 34, were  pronounced dead at the scene on Oak Lawn Road, just south of U.S. 60, according to a highway patrol crash report.

The 1990 International dump truck, driven by Chad Lee, was southbound when it failed to yield to the eastbound Burlington Northern locomotive, according to the report.

The highway patrol noted the railroad crossing is signaled by crossbucks. Neither control arms nor lights are used at the crossing to warn drivers of oncoming trains.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111205/NEWS03/111205007/train-dump-truck-collision-syemour-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

Two dead after dump truck hit by train

Posted on December 5th, 2011 No Comments

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a father and son were killed when a dump truck was struck by an oncoming train near Seymour.

Gary Lee, 58, and Chad Lee, 34, were  pronounced dead at the scene on Oak Lawn Road, just south of U.S. 60, according to a highway patrol crash report.

The 1990 International dump truck, driven by Chad Lee, was southbound when it failed to yield to the eastbound Burlington Northern locomotive, according to the report.

The highway patrol noted the railroad crossing is signaled by crossbucks. Neither control arms nor lights are used at the crossing to warn drivers of oncoming trains.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111205/NEWS03/111205007/train-dump-truck-collision-syemour-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

Paul Mueller Worker Dies

Posted on November 4th, 2011 No Comments

A 19-year-old worker at Paul Mueller Company, injured this morning in Springfield, has died.

The fire department says William ‘Cole’ Hambelton was pinned between a semi and a trailer.

In a release, Mueller President David Moore says “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and closest co-workers”.

Hambelton was newly hired at Paul Mueller, which is a stainless steel equipment manufacturing company.

It’s located on West Phelps Street.

 

Springfield OSHA Lawyer

Posted on November 4th, 2011 No Comments
Springfield, MO—

The Paul Mueller Company has released the name of an employee who died after being seriously injured earlier Thursday.

In a statement, company president David Moore says, “I am deeply saddened to report that one of our co-workers, William “Cole” Hambelton, passed away shortly before 9:00 a.m.”

 

Springfield Truck Accident Lawyers

Posted on November 4th, 2011 1 Comment

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An accident at the Paul Mueller Company factory near downtown Springfield killed a newly hired worker on Thursday morning.  A news release from the company said William “Cole” Hambelton died just before 9 a.m.

Springfield Police officers, paramedics, and the fire department were called to the loading dock area after a semi truck was backing up to hook onto a trailer and the driver didn’t see Hambelton.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and closest co-workers,” Mueller president David Moore said in a news release.

 

Springfield Workplace Injury Lawyer

Posted on November 4th, 2011 3 Comments

An employee of the Paul Mueller Company died just before 9 a.m. Thursday after being pinned between a truck and trailer.

William “Cole” Hambelton was fatally injured Thursday morning about 8 a.m. at the Springfield facility, Mueller officials said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and closest co-workers,” Mueller President David Moore said in a news release.
Assistant Springfield Fire Chief Randy Villines said Hambelton was believed to be about 19 years old.

Villines said fire crews got the call at 8:14 a.m. and responded to the north yard of the stainless steel equipment manufacturing company, 1600 W. Phelps St. Jean Williams, of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Kansas City office, said investigators were at the site of the accident Thursday afternoon.
Paul Mueller Company manufactures high-quality stainless steel equipment used in over 100 countries worldwide on dairy farms and in wide varieties of industrial applications, including food, dairy and beverage processing; pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical processing; water distillation; heat transfer; heat recovery; HVAC; and process cooling.

 

E. coli investigation in St. Louis continues

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

An investigation continues into an outbreak of E. coli in the St. Louis region.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says 24 of 34 specimens examined so far have tested positive for shiga toxin, which is a byproduct of E. coli, and testing of the other specimens is still ongoing.

Definitive testing for E. coli is expected to take several more days.

Officials still don’t know the cause of the outbreak that has sickened people ranging in age from 4 to 94 in St. Louis city and four surrounding counties.

E. coli is typically spread through consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea or nausea. In rare cases it can be fatal.

Read more: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111031/NEWS11/111031001/E-coli-investigation-St-Louis-continues-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

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Toxic gas sickens CU employees

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Springfield firefighters encountered extremely high levels of dangerous carbon monoxide gas during a fire on November 1 at the John Twitty Energy Center.

The toxic gas sent three CU workers to the hospital with varying degrees of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to CU. Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines said Springfield firefighters are required to put on air packs when carbon monoxide levels reach 50 parts per million or more.

But fire crews found carbon monoxide readings of up to 3,000 parts per million when they tested the air near a burning coal bunker. “Holy cow, that’s some serious readings,” said Villines as he reviewed a fire department report about the incident. Three CU workers battled the smoldering blaze that ignited inside three of four coal bunkers before Springfield fire crews reached the site. On November 2, CU still was declining to identify the three employees or their conditions, citing a federal privacy law.

Read More: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020399/john-twitty-energy-center-fire-carbon-monoxide?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE