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Not guilty plea entered in case connected to fatal accident

On August 19, a 33-year-old woman entered her plea in a Rutherford County, Tennessee, court on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run accident. The victim was changing a flat tire on his mother's car at the side of Interstate 24 when he was struck. Some of the charges against the female driver include vehicular homicide by intoxication, reckless assault and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

At the arraignment hearing, the judge assigned the accused woman an attorney. She broke into tears after requesting that the judge not read the details of the indictment against her. September 15 was the date set for her next court appearance.

Tanker driver dies after crashing into overpass

One man is dead following a tanker truck accident on Aug. 15 in Franklin, Tennessee. The victim was reported to have been a driver for a Lawrenceburg-based oil company. No other people were injured in the accident.

The incident occurred around 3:40 a.m. on Interstate 65 South. Authorities say the tanker was carrying a load of unleaded gasoline when it crashed into the support column for an overpass bridge. The tanker then caught on fire and later exploded. Investigators say that the explosion caused the truck to split into multiple pieces, and it reportedly took crews several hours to control the fire.

Tennessee man killed in suspected drunk-driving accident

On August 5, a 59-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in a Wilson County accident, according to authorities. Police suspect that a 20-year-old male driver involved in the crash was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. The fatal accident occurred around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Stewarts Ferry Pike and Mt. Juliet Road in Rural Hill.

The 59-year-old man, a doctor, was heading south on Mt. Juliet Road when he entered the intersection and was struck by the 20-year-old man, who had just run a red light on Stewarts Ferry Pike, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 20-year-old driver's vehicle struck the driver's side of the 59-year-old man's car. As a result of the collision, both vehicles careened into a ditch alongside the roadway, reportedly. The doctor died as a result of the crash.

Documents indicate GM might have known about defect for years

Tennessee drivers might be interested to learn that General Motors may have hid evidence of a serious safety defect from government investigators, according to information from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official. While GM did initiate a well-publicized recall in early 2014, the automaker reportedly began receiving alerts about potentially fatal defects in their vehicles from rental-car companies more than seven years ago. That is when companies like Vantage and Enterprise began noting abnormal motor vehicle accidents linked to air bag defects and faulty ignition switches in the GM vehicles, according to recently released documents.

The flaw in the ignition switches was allegedly found in a number of GM models. In 2005, a woman driving an Ion that she rented from a Texas Enterprise lost control due to an alleged defect in the steering and braking. The driver and one passenger were killed, and a third passenger suffered brain damage. Following the event, Enterprise reportedly requested GM to perform an investigation into the potential defects. Similar accidents prompted other rental-car companies to raise concern with GM about potential manufacturing error.

Woman dies in Tennessee after collision with church bus

One death and multiple injuries were reported in Knoxville following an accident involving a church bus. The July 17 incident occurred just after 5:30 p.m. on North Broadway Street, according to police.

A 54-year-old woman was reportedly driving a Kia Rio on North Broadway Street when her car was struck by a church bus at the Oglewood Avenue intersection. Officers stated that the bus also struck a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. After striking the two vehicles, the bus came to a stop in a nearby business parking lot, authorities reported. Investigators said that the bus had run a red light at the intersection just prior to the wreck.

OSHA regulations protect electrical workers

Many different jobs require climbing, and most workers in Tennessee and across the nation are protected by safety regulations that require them to have safety equipment like harnesses. Until recently, however, federal regulations have allowed electrical workers to not use safety equipment when climbing. Instead, they have been allowed to "free climb" without any kind of safety equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently announced that it is banning the practice of "free climbing" by electrical workers. Employers will be required to protect electrical workers with the necessary safety equipment, and they have until April 2015 to meet the terms of these new regulations.

2 dead in Texas multiple-car accident

On July 12, an accident during the evening hours on Interstate 24 in Manchester claimed the lives of two individuals. Two other individuals who were involved were injured, as reported.

According to authorities, the three-car accident occurred around 6:15 p.m. when a 35-year-old Tullahoma man was traveling in the opposite lane of the highway in a Nissan sedan. He ran head-on into the path of an eastbound vehicle, killing a 63-year-old female passenger and injuring another passenger and the driver. In the crash, the 35-year-old man also died after he was thrown from his car. Debris from the collision damaged a third vehicle involved in the accident; however, the driver was reportedly uninjured.

Tennessee workers weigh the costs of dangerous jobs

Even though many employers might not face citations for OSHA violation, there are many jobs that carry a heightened risk of serious injury or death for employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,500 to 6,500 fatal accidents occur at work every year. In a recent article, using statistics collected by the BLS indicate that, one writer suggests that workers employed in hazardous jobs seldom make a considerably higher pay rate than many other workers.

Both pilots and flight engineers make up a relatively smaller occupational group, yet the fatality rate in this job group is higher due to crashes and other causes. However, their pay rate is higher than average. Construction workers also face a higher risk of injury, but the median salary for a construction laborer is just a little over $35,000 every year. Truck drivers also have to face a lot of hazards on the road but receive a wage averaging between $27,530 and $40,940 annually.

Tennessee crash injures 6, kills 3

According to local authorities, a crash in the afternoon hours of June 27 in Hickman County injured six people and killed three. Some of those injured the multi-vehicle accident were children.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that the auto accident happened when the driver of a Toyota Tacoma was allegedly passed by a semi-truck that was without a trailer. When the driver of the Tacoma tried to change lanes, the left rear of the truck hit the tractor-trailer, causing it to spin and cross the median.

Hit-and-run kills well-known Kingsport businessman

A 61-year-old Kingsport businessman was killed in a hit-and-run on June 23 in Colonial Heights, according to a recent report. The man, a former Tennessee state representative, was struck by a GMC at 8 p.m. while he was placing a campaign sign on the shoulder of the Fort Henry Drive bridge.

Prior to the fatal accident, the driver who allegedly caused the crash was involved in a minor incident at a package store. According to the report, as the man was leaving the store, he drove his vehicle onto the curb, striking a pedestal ashtray and a wall before leaving the parking lot.

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