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Texas Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Oklahoma Crash Has Died

A Texas truck driver accused of causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four college softball players has died by suicide at his home. The prosecutor in the Oklahoma case, Murray County District Attorney Craig Ladd, confirmed to The …

Florida’s Rising Traffic Deaths Prompt Statewide ‘Arrive Alive’ Safety Campaign

Florida has rolled out an aggressive new campaign targeted at decreasing the number of traffic deaths in the state, which have steadily been rising since 2014. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) announced in mid-January the …

Number of Pedestrian Deaths Rises Dramatically in Houston

The number of pedestrians in Houston who have been struck and killed by cars has spiked this year — already 31 percent higher than the total for all of 2015 — according to police. At least 71 pedestrians have been …

2 Dead, 36 Hurt in Louisiana After Bus Hits Fire Truck, Other Vehicles

Louisiana State Police say a Honduran man who had entered the United States illegally was driving a bus carrying flood recovery workers that hit a firetruck on a highway, killing two people and injuring dozens. Trooper Melissa Matey says the …

Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise; Up 9% in First Half of Year

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated …

Traffic Safety Investigators Probing California Bus Crash That Killed 4

Federal safety investigators converged this week in central California to investigate a highway wreck that nearly sliced a bus in half, killed four people and injured 23. “At this point we don’t know what occurred immediately before the crash,” said Don …

Iowa Distracted Driving Fatalities Doubled in 2015

The number of people killed or injured in accidents caused by use of electronic devices doubled in Iowa last year. Fourteen people were killed statewide in 2015, compared to seven the previous year, according to the Globe Gazette in Mason …

Data Shows 170 Motor Vehicle Deaths in Iowa 2016, So Far

New data from the Iowa Department of Transportation shows 42 more people have died on Iowa roads in 2016 than at the same time last year. The Des Moines Register reports seven people were killed in traffic accidents over the …

More California Drivers Spotted Using Cellphones, Traffic Report Shows

The number of California drivers using cellphones is rising, as are deaths and injuries blamed on distracted driving. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported this week that nearly 13 percent of drivers were seen using mobile devices in an …

Number of Vermont Road Deaths Doubled So Far This Year

Vermont State Police are launching a summer-long campaign to crack down on speeding and aggressive driving. The effort comes as traffic fatalities year-to-date have more than doubled over last year. State police say Vermont had seen 30 traffic accident deaths …