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Vaginal implant manufacturer to pay $21 million in settlement

Eastern Tennessee residents may be interested to know that C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to a $21 million settlement stemming from their defective vaginal-mesh implants. The implants are meant to help fortify the pelvic muscle by being sewn to the vaginal wall, which can then better support internal organs. According to lawsuits, these implants begin to disintegrate after being inserted.

Patients who received the implants have complained of painful sexual intercourse and vaginal tissue and organ damage. In 2010, the FDA ordered Bard and other vaginal implant manufacturers to study the safety of the devices. Other implant makers have pulled some lines of their vaginal implants from the market.

Silly truck driver, bedrooms are for sleeping grandmas

A Tennessee woman asleep in her home was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the early hours of Oct. 8. The big rig loaded with several thousand pounds of pumpkins ran off the road and into the 66-year-old grandmother's bedroom.

The 34-year-old driver of the truck told investigators that the trailer began to wobble, causing him to lose control over the vehicle. He was unharmed in the collision. Several other family members were present in the home, located on the 2800 block of McGavock Pike of Donelson, but were uninjured. The victim was a retired wife and mother with grown children and several grandchildren.

Construction worker killed in equipment-related accident

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 58-year-old man working outside a K-12 grade school in Murfreesboro was killed when a backhoe overturned, trapping him beneath it. The Sept. 23 incident happened at about 2 p.m. at Eagleville School in the southwestern part of Rutherford County.

At the time of the fatal workplace accident, the man was employed with a construction company that was hired to complete a $5.4 million major renovation project for the school. The project, which the school hopes to complete by the new school year in 2015, involves several large upgrades and increasing the size of the facility to an estimated 30,000 square feet.

Tennessee motorcyclist killed in accident

One motorcyclist is dead and another seriously injured in a crash on Barfield road that occurred on Sept. 13. According to a representative of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a Mercedes allegedly failed to yield right of way, causing the fatal crash.

Accident reports say that a 38-year-old Murfreesboro resident who was driving a 2012 Suzuki died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Sept. 18. His wife, a passenger on the motorcycle, was transported by helicopter to the same facility and underwent surgery. The 21-year-old driver of the Mercedes and a 22-year-old passenger were both uninjured in the accident.

Cellphone use while driving is a widespread problem

Tennessee residents may not be aware of the dangers associated with using a cellphone while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. According to various studies and statistics compiled by the Federal Communications Commission, there is a troubling correlation between distracted driving and auto accidents that result in catastrophic and fatal injuries. Partly because of these documented risks, lawmakers in several states have enacted laws prohibiting texting and other types of cellphone use while driving.

Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that, compared to undistracted drivers, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to experience a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, in 2010, distracted drivers caused 18 percent of the nation's car accidents. Altogether, distracted driving was responsible for killing 3,092 people and injuring 416,000 people that year, reportedly.

Man dies from his injuries in Tennessee car crash

A 50-year-old man who was involved in a car accident on Aug. 29 succumbed to his injuries the next morning. The accident reportedly took place around 9:30 p.m. at an intersection. According to police, a car being driven by a 19-year-old woman was headed north and attempting to go through the intersection.

The man, who was driving a pickup, was headed south on the same road. While attempting to make a left turn, he turned into the path of the other car. Witnesses say both drivers had green lights that turned yellow just before the vehicles entered the intersection. The driver of the pickup was ejected from the car, and police said he did not have his seat belt on at the time of the crash.

Tennessee suspected DUI accident injures 2

Local authorities report that a three-vehicle accident that occurred in Knoxville around 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 left two people with various injuries. An ambulance transported both injured parties to UT Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. No other injuries were reported.

According to local police, the chain-reaction accident occurred when a woman driving an SUV allegedly struck a sedan at an intersection. The impact caused the sedan to edge into the path of a third vehicle that also struck the sedan. Both the driver and passenger in the sedan were injured. Police suspected the driver of the SUV of driving under the influence and placed her under arrest. The police investigation was ongoing at the time of the report.

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.

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